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"Brian Evenson is without doubt one of the treasures of yank tale writing, a real successor either to the new release of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but in addition to Edgar Allan Poe."—Jonathan Lethem

"One of the main provocative, creative, and proficient writers now we have operating today."—The Believer

"There isn't a extra severe, prolific, or apocalyptic author of fiction in the US than Brian Evenson."—George Saunders

"Packed with adequate atrocities to provide Thomas Harris pause. . . . no longer many writers have the mind's eye or the audacity to rework what feels like salvation into an totally unique outpost of hell."—Bookforum

A crammed bear's middle beats with the rhythm of a useless child; Reno retains receding to the east regardless of how some distance you force; and in a mine on one other planet, the dirt won't cease seeping in. In those tales, Brian Evenson unsettles us with the standard and the extraordinary—the terror of residing with the data of all we can't know.

Praised through Peter Straub for going "furthest out at the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice," Brian Evenson has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and is the realm myth Award and the winner of the overseas Horror Guild Award, the yankee Library Association's award for top Horror Novel, and considered one of Time Out New York's best books.

“Evenson’s writing is anything to be learn in brief periods, like an excellent tea that you really want to have fun with to the final drop.”—Twin towns Geek

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Asked Tow-Truck Eddie. He had a soft, deep voice. In other circumstances it would have sounded kind. ” Bernhardt asked. Overhead, there was thunder. The Bone Man looked from face to face and then licked his dry lips. ” the big man asked, his voice still mild. ” He licked his lips again. ” “You figured it out,” Bernhardt said. “You? ” He laughed. ” Vic stepped closer, his fists balled at his sides and his eyes suddenly intense. ” The Bone Man started to say Ubel Griswold. It got as far as his tongue, his lips had just started to form the first sound when Vic hit him with such shocking speed and force that the Bone Man flew backward against Tow-Truck Eddie’s chest.

My many friends and colleagues in Horror Writers Association, and the satellite chapters: the Garden State Horror Writers and the NJ-PA Horror Writers Association. And as always, for my wife, Sara Jo and my son, Sam, for their constant support and enthusiasm during the process…and after. To all: countless thanks! Prologue One Month Before Halloween This Year I have wrought great use out of evil tools. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwe-Lytton, first Baron Lytton, Richelieu Every evil in the bud is easily crushed; as it grows older, it becomes stronger.

Val’s dad was getting up there now, and high-tech farming or not the fields took their toll. He looked every one of his sixty-four years, and perhaps a bit more. His bushy black eyebrows had become wilder and shot with silver, and since Val’s mother died two years ago, Guthrie’s head of hair had gone completely gray. Even so, his blueberry-blue eyes sparkled with youth and mischief. “I’m thinking of taking Val to New Hope next weekend. Just to get away for a day or so. ” “Terry? —but shifted into a different lane when he realized he didn’t know if Crow knew that Terry Wolfe was in therapy at all.

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