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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566892988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566892988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time Out New York, mention in "Best (and worst) books of 2012"
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"Both smartly referential and admirably distinct in voice . . . these are stories of madness told from the inside, and they often read like dreams." —Publishers Weekly

"This book is proof of a master writer working at his best."—NewPages

"All the stories in this collection are hard-edged, tinged with emotional or physical violence and capped by shock or outright horror. Characterized by building suspense and dread, these tales often have a folkloric feel far removed from the commonplace." —Booklist

"For those whose imaginations constantly hunger for genuine nourishment, Brian Evenson's Windeye is a feast. . . . Windeye delivers a complex and varied collection filled with contrasting flavors. Ranging from feudal to post-apocalyptic, it contains some of the best uncanny and horror writing to come out of New England since Stephen King published The Stand in 1978." —ForeWord

"The fact that Evenson can move from parody to paranoia and humor to horror in the span of three paragraphs is a testament to his ability as a storyteller, on that can make us laugh and shudder, moving with the same kind of erratic schizophrenia as many of his own characters." Brooklyn Rail

"In the 25 stories collected in Windeye, Evenson shows himself to an imaginative writer first and foremost. . . . Imagine Beckett's Murphy or Molloy lost, walking around in a Poe tale, then read these stories to find out why Jonathan Lethem calls Evenson 'one of the treasures of American story writing.'" Shelf Awareness

"No one—and I mean no one—is better at excavating the strangeness of our everyday lives." —Andrew Ervin

"Brian Evenson writes profoundly about the prisonhouse of language precisely because he has made that place his home." Open Letters Monthly

"I'm pulled into this great, unresolved tension that becomes the general atmosphere in which the events of the stories take place. Which is horrifying. And delightfully so." Black Balloon Publishing

"One senses that Evenson drafted these stories as fuller narratives, then stripped away their surest details until only the most fragile threads were tying their events together, and anchoring them to anything fixed. The result is fiction that, for all its seeming insubstantiality, is weighty, solid, and provocative."—Locus Magazine

"A modern master of the weird tale, Brian Evenson is also one of the genres most experimental. Windeye, his latest story collection, does what all good horror aspires to: reflect the tenor and fears of a given period."—Campus Circle, "Scary Stories: Halloween Book List"

"With his latest short fiction collection Windeye, Brian Evenson once again proves himself a master at creating suspenseful, literary horror."—Largehearted Boy, "Favorite Short Story Collections of 2012"

"The horror of Windeye surfaces as characters are kept in endless trepidation about the evil hiding in the basement, never daring or able to grab a flashflight and go check it out for themselves."—New Orleans Review

"Brian Evenson may be the king of genre bending, slipstream fiction. For years now he has taken the best of genre fiction—the tension and terror or horror, the illusion and mystery of noir—and paired it with the elevated language and insightful focus of literary fiction, to write some of the most compelling stories out there."—Emerging Writer's Network

“Laughter can be an effective tool of the horror writer, and Evenson is its finest practitioner.”—Time Out Chicago

About the Author

Praised by Peter Straub for going "furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice," Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction. He has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, and the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel. Fugue State was named one of Time Out New York's Best Books of 2009. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, including one for the title story in "Windeye," Evenson lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Department.

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The stories are so peculiar and wide ranging.
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His stories are like none other, both in concept and execution.
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These stories will haunt both your sleeping and waking hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Alternative VINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Brian Evenson
Trade Paperback
188 pages
Advance Reader's Copy - Uncorrected Galley
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: June 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1566892988

Windeye, a new short story collection by noted horror author Brian Evenson, is a thoroughly enjoyable read filled with spine-tingling horror, dark humor, and that just- beneath-the-surface element of doom that every good horror writer tries to capture. Evenson does so and in buckets-full. The terror he invokes, however, is not provoked by a gore-fest or through shock-and-awe. His is a thinking man's fear. By that I mean there are multiple layers of dread in the majority of stories found in this anthology. The deeper you delve into that mine the darker it will become.

You know the writer's saying "show them don't tell them"? Evenson shows his readers enough to scare the hell out of them and then pulls back just enough to allow their own imaginations to finish the job. Spooky, creative, and down-right sinister which is, I expect, exactly what he was aiming for.

The stand-out stories in the collection are: The Process, Legion, The Sladen Suit, The Absent Eye, Grottor, and Anskan House. A brief description of each story follows. (Note: In my opinion, The Absent Eye, Legion, and The Sladen Suit would have made awesome Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episodes.)

In the title story Windeye, a child is stolen, drawn into an unexplained place in a haunted house, and her entire existence erased. If not for the brother who remembers her she would simply be a forgotten footnote in someone else's reality.

The Second Boy is a supernatural tale about a ghost that refuses to let go of life and the story he tells to be repeated round the campfire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By captain frodo on February 5, 2014
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I am a convert to Mr Evensons stories. Absolutely brilliant literary horror. The stories are so peculiar and wide ranging. Often dealing with uncanny feelings of identity and personhood. Brilliant and terrifying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tad Ottman on June 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Windeye is a collection of short horror stories by Brian Evenson. Most of the stories are quite short, 10 pages or less, but no less powerful for their brevity. In many ways, I think it takes more skill to write a complete, self-contained and satisfying story in so few words. Brian Evenson has this skill in abundance.

These are not ghost or vampire or zombie stories. Nor are they even bump-in-the night stories. These are stories that worm their way into your subconscious and fill you with a sense of dread and disquiet. They contain ideas that take root and become more horrifying the longer you contemplate them. Evenson skillfully makes use of the natural fear that exists in the unknown, both external and internal. What you can't see or understand is much more frightening than what you can.

I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, as might be expected in any short story collection. All were very well written and often produced strong reactions. Think a blend of Edgar Allen Poe and The Twilight Zone. I didn't consume the stories all in one sitting. Each story almost demanded a pause for reflection upon completion. The titular Windeye, as well as the story of a woman falling out of time were among my favorites. People trapped in unfamiliar places or situations, identity confusion, loss of control, and loss of a sense of self are all themes that occur in these stories. They are frightening as well as thought-provoking.

Windeye is a collection for anyone who enjoys horror stories, as well as anyone who appreciates a well-written short story of any genre. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hale on March 17, 2014
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Some of the most well-written short-stories you'll find anywhere. Brian Evenson has such a unique way of viewing the world, and his fiction illustrates that beautifully. This collection, along with the equally haunting Fugue State, is probably my favorite short-story collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Taylor on April 14, 2013
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I picked up this book because the back listed it as a series of sometimes-funny horror stories that Peter Straub was a fan of. Spoiler alert: it isn't. Funny, that is, unless you mean "funny in a strange way." Every single one of Windeye's stories begins in a somewhat-unnatural place and get stranger from there. Eventually, you'll wind up in a place where nothing really makes sense anymore, but you still believe it. You believe that it did happen- at least in some way.
Windeye's characters are set apart from the beginning. Whether it's a dark tunnel that keeps them away from humanity, or a ship cast off in a storm, or a machine built to clean and repair trains that learned something new, or even just an unhappy woman who starts to feel somewhat out of sync, these people (animals? robots? ghosts?) find something that most of us cannot, tightly packed with humans all around us. The question is whether that something is worth finding. Each character is alone in their own skin, and in some ways, that's the worst horror of all- this whole book taps into our (or, at least, my) primal fear that we will never really be understood. You are born alone, Windeye seems to whisper, and you'll sure as hell die alone, and the rest is a farce, at best.
The only problem I had with this book was that this sense of never knowing what's real or not combined with a series of short stories is robustly problematic for me when I really want to know more about what's going on. Multiple stories could easily be expanded into a full book or even a series, and I'd eat them all up. Hear that, Evenson? I WANT TO THROW MONEY AT YOU.
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