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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981297838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book. Great if you are looking for horror with some literary merit. The stories are intriguing and well written. The theme of love (in some form or another) appears throughout the book, hence the title. Some of my favorites are "The Sloan Men" and "Other People's Kids." "The Inevitability of Earth" continues to haunt me. I really loved "The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement and then Take Questions." It's only a page and a half, but really creepy. When I got to the end, I said 'OH NO!' aloud. It seems to epitomize the way these stories start out seeming mundane, but soon take a disturbing twist that is in many ways a surprise, but in the back of your mind you sensed that something unwholesome was looming just below the surface. Very, very cool.

The overall creepiness of this book is certainly enhanced by the cover.I don't know who designed it, but damn, that cover is grotesque. Part of you wants to stare, and part of you wants to bury it in the yard. You can't properly appreciate it online. You've got to get the book and look that thing in the face. For better or for worse, it gets a reaction. It's been sitting on my coffee table, and I've noticed my boyfriend keeps covering it with magazines.

All in all, this is a rare book that you need to own. Get it while you can. The publisher is a very small but excellent new press, so I assume the print-run was limited. This book has been getting a lot of attention, and it's already sold out on Amazon. As of December 2009, copies can still be had on the publisher's website. [...]
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I've been a horror nut my entire life and one of the big dangers of the genre is the over-reliance on tropes. A lot of the creators are fans and tend not to think beyond the hoary old vampire/haunted house/serial killer cliches.

This book is amazingly original, beautifully written, and completely engaging. I will read anything this dude writes. If you're a horror fan who wants something new, you should too.
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I picked this book up at Powell's bookstore in Portland, looking for something to read on a weekend away. I generally like short horror fiction, since it rarely focuses on the why and instead on the what. This book was a great quick read, full of horror that occasionally has an odd Canadian twist to it. Highly recommended for fans of short horror fiction.
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I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I will often give a book a second thought if the cover is nice. When I first heard about Monstrous Affections I thought, "Well...it's a book of short stories. I usually don't get that interested in short stories." I thought a little more about it and the cover pushed my decision from "don't buy" to "buy".

I can't say that this book has me reconsidering my aversion to short stories, but many of the stories in this book are top notch. They are really weird horror. Very well written. Just a bit short.
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