A young bride and her future mother-in-law risk everything to escape it.
A repentant father summons help from a pot of tar to ensure it.
A starving woman learns from howling winds and a whispering host, just how fulfilling it can finally be.
Can it be love?
"David Nickle writes 'em damned weird and damned good and damned dark. He is bourbon-rough, poetic and vivid. Don't miss this one."(Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother)
"Bleak, stark and creepy, Stoker-winner Nickle's first collection will delight the literary horror reader . . . 13 terrifying tales of rural settings, complex and reticent characters and unexpected twists that question the fundamentals of reality. All are delivered with a certain grace, creating a sparse yet poetic tour of the horrors that exist just out of sight . . . This ambitious collection firmly establishes Nickle as a writer to watch." (Publishers Weekly)
"A perverted version of Alice Munro country . . . These stories work so well in part because of Nickle's facility with the language of the place he's created." (Quill & Quire)
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There is a decent varity to the stories, and there was at least one that I really enjoyed.
Some are a little too predictable, or slow moving and there's a lot of similarity between the characters, even between stories. It's like the author only knows how to write a few kinds of characters, and every female character (except one) is a total dip.
Not really- all of the female voices are the same, exactly the same, like Minnie Pearl from Hew Haw, and the all the male voices either over annunciate or have a hillbilly draw. He sounds like the guy who sings “Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. The characters may actually have come off as more interesting if the voice applied hadn't dumbed them down so much. He was at least, energetic.
Maybe, if he can figure out how to write another type of character.
It was Ok, but nothing that was really creepy or scary, or even interesting, like a lot of watered down episodes of the Twilight Zone.
- Heather L. Koranteng