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Black Light: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563501
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2019

The language in this is gorgeous!! In her debut collection, Parsons can write of the ugliest things we don't want to show a black light to like our secret longings, deep-seated self-loathing, or our bodies up close. Then she'll pull a: "Where I'm from, falling asleep is easy. You can hear your eyelashes swipe the pillow. There's so much nothing pouring in, you drift off listening to your choice." Or: "A girl like that can't last. A fleeting gleam. I don't know if there's a word for the ache of missing something when you still have it. I'd kiss her and taste my doom." Wow!  

 


Review by Emily

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Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780451495112
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Published: Hogarth - February 21st, 2017

This brilliant collection of short stories is Mariana Enriquez's English language debut. In some ways, these stories could easily fit into the horror genre, but they would be more appropriate in a category simply labeled Unsettling. The story "The Neighbor's Courtyard" still haunts my dreams, in a good way.

Weird dark stories for weird dark times.


Review by Mark B.

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The Dominant Animal: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538293
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - April 7th, 2020

Bananas.
These tightly-compressed stories feel tied to some even more mysterious, elliptical tale that's been lying dormant in the reader's imagination for eons. Like some kind of ancient truth. 
I don't know that a book has ever left me feeling so vulnerable, like it knew me deeply. In my bones or some other new age nonsense. 
I'd wager this is what DMT feels like.


Review by Wesley

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Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780425165584
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Published: Berkley - October 1st, 1998

"There is no delight the equal of dread"

Clive Barker's artistic range is on full display in this toothsome collection of shorts: from haunted shrouds bent on revenge to possessed pigs, each tale is an allegory wrapped in viscera. Along with Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber', 'Books of Blood' rests atop my list when it comes to short story collections. A truly bloody affair. 


Review by Dean

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Heathcliff Redux: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780802147592
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 4th, 2020

Tuck is a master of minimalist refinement. Her prose is pared down and looks almost skeletal on the page but the mood and keen observations that swims in the blank spaces are shrewd and seductive.

Pure grace.


Review by Wesley

Sing to It: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982109127
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

There's a good reason every writer you love loves Hempel.

 


Review by Wesley

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A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978433
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2019

One of the best books I read this year. Brinkley can illuminate and expose seemingly any corner of humanity, with equal compassion and precision. His writing is so powerful and graceful at once that it feels balletic, with a dancer's way of making an incredible feat seem simple and easy.


Review by Christina

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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525432722
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Funny, dark and often absurd, this debut collection of short stories from the creator of the hit animated series "BoJack Horseman" is a winner. There is heartbreak aplenty, a door into a parallel universe and a theme park, featuring the U.S. presidents with large foam heads. But for me, the goat-infused wedding at the heart of "A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" was itself worth the price of admission.


Review by Mark B.

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Everything Inside: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

The epigraph of Edwidge Danticat's new story collection generously claims that everyone experiences diaspora, as we are exiled from our mother's body as soon as we are born. What follows are stories that strive to prove its' universality with equal attention to tenderness and brutality. In this collection that lingers on family and death, she has tapped directly into the core of human experience. This book will make you cry, probably in public, so prepare accordingly.


Review by Kitri

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The Best of Richard Matheson Cover Image
By Richard Matheson, Victor LaValle (Editor), Victor LaValle (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130178
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 10th, 2017

Do you like the Twilight Zone? Of course you do. But you might not know Richard Matheson. And you should, because arguably the most iconic episodes were adapted from his masterfully-written short fiction. Each story is so tightly crafted as to border on pulp, each ending twists with a stinger that demands your return. If I'm on a plane: 1) I have a Richard Matheson collection in my carry on and 2) I'm not going to look at the wing of the plane. Yeah. He wrote that. 


Review by Dean

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