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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930846657
  • ASIN: B008SLK8FK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Combining fantasy with slow-burning, dreamlike horror, Rickert's second collection (after 2006's Map of Dreams) includes several seasonal stories that make The Nightmare Before Christmas look like a Charlie Brown special. In "Memoir of a Deer Woman," a woman's incurable slow transformation into a deer comes upon her like a cancer. The cheerful brutality of a disturbed child is a fatally bad match for tiny fairies in "Was She Wicked? Was She Good?" A happy little girl is turned into an unknowing suicide bomber by her own mother in "Traitor." In the World Fantasy Award winner "The Kingdom," a girl is seduced into unlife and a widower finds peace by successfully courting death. Fans of Rickert's talent for atmospheric, artistic terror will find plenty to enjoy in this slim volume. (Nov.) (c)
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"She is a poet of the extremes housed within the human heart, and adapts the fantastic to the pressing needs of the emotional present. . . . M. Rickert has mastered her own distinct creative territory, and has become a formidable writer."  —Locus Magazine

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowes on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Darkness and Beauty of the Human Heart

There are a few who write dark fantasy short stories as well as Mary Rickert. But none, I think, who write them better. It's a measure of her talent that one can no more summarize these stories than one can reconstruct a dream. Images, revelations are what remain: abducted boys return as wolves, a strange family finds a far stranger seaside town, a daughter betrays her mother in our brutal future.

These stories appeared on many awards lists. "Journey into the Kingdom" which won a World Fantasy Award takes place in the borderland between love and death and is both deeply chilling and utterly moving.

Each story is accompanied by an original drawing. These, the cover and general design of this volume will be the envy of short fiction writers for many years to come.

Full Disclosure: I am thanked (along with twenty-two other people) at the front of this book. I'd like to think I helped in some way but can't imagine how.
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