From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bleak, stark and creepy, Stoker-winner Nickle's first collection will delight the literary horror reader. A jarring cover illustration by Erik Mohr prepares the reader for 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. Standout stories include Janie and the Wind, where a battered, abandoned woman does what she needs to survive; Other People's Kids, a disturbing examination of the razor-thin moment dividing childhood from maturity and the hand holding that razor; and The Pit Heads, a phenomenal story about the cold remnants of a Canadian mining town and the true cost of beauty. This ambitious collection firmly establishes Nickle as a writer to watch. (Nov.)
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These stories work so well in part because of Nickle's facility with the language of the place he's created. He is comfortable writing in different voices... and he knows the idiom of his semi-rural environment..."
--Quill & Quire (added by author)"The last story I read by David Nickle left me impotent for a week."
--Peter Watts, Author of Blindsight (added by author)"The cover is creepy... The stories themselves are also very creepy, drawing you into believable, domestic worlds then showing you the blue pulsing intestines of those worlds."
--Kaaron Warren, author of Slights (added by author)
(L)ike the cover, the stories inside are not what they seem. But also, like the cover, the stories inside are brilliant. . . . You'd think that you were reading a book full of what you had always expected a horror story to be, but Nickle takes a left turn and blindsides you with tales that are not of the norm, but are all the more horrific because of surprise twists, darkness and raw emotion. ----January Magazine's Best Books of 2009
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