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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

"Evenson’s thrillingly unnerving books have won awards for mystery, horror, and literary fiction; this is work that’s scary on a deep level."Reader's Digest

"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, one that can make us laugh and shudder, moving with the same kind of erratic schizophrenia as many of his own characters." Brooklyn Rail

"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." —ForeWard

"In the 25 stories collected in Windeye, Evenson shows himself to an imaginative writer first and formost. . . . 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

"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

"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 it 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 flashlight 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

“Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe." —Jonathan Lethem

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

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566892988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566892988
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to describe the strange, unsettling stories of Brian Evenson in any sort of short review. Evenson's a horror writer, make no mistake, but he's an uncommonly literary one, which is not an adjective that finds use often in the horror genre. And, to be sure, when it does appear, it's often in a derogatory sense, with a sense that it's an author who won't fully commit to his horrors, or who's so cerebral that the stories are more satisfying on an intellectual level than a visceral one. That's not the case with Evenson, who's willing to use stunning acts of violence, but prefers his horrors psychological and moody. His stories create the sort of world where your sister disappears and leaves you questioning whether you even had a sister, or the sort of world where your ear begins to hear things that may be from someone else's body entirely, or the act of climbing into a diving suit becomes a gateway to some unimaginable realm. And the result is some unholy fusion of Lovecraft's unease about our world, Poe's keen sense of psychological deterioration, and Cormac McCarthy's stark, unforgiving prose. The experience, then, is unlike much else out there, and it's not for those who prefer their horror splattery and simple. Evenson is far more insidious in his craft, gradually undermining your sense of reality, your sense of self, and your sense of ease in the world, using his carefully constructed narratives to immerse you into the minds of people whose world is crumbling around them. Strange family farms atop caves inhabited by shadowy forms, houses with more windows on the outside than the inside, minds for whom sound is moving out of sync with the world around it - all of these and more are the playgrounds that Evenson dwells in, and in every tale, he traps you in his world and gets deeply under your skin. It's satisfying, gripping, disturbing horror, and it's another testament to Evenson's staggering talent as perhaps the most satisfying, unique horror author working today.
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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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I've never hidden my love for the work of Brian Evenson. In fact, overly enthusiastic may be a good way to describe my infatuation. His stories are like none other, both in concept and execution. So, know that this review of Windeye, Evenson's latest story collection, comes to you with a deep history of appreciation. You aren't getting a first-time reader here. You are getting a fan's true perspective. With that being said, WHAT A DAMN FINE BOOK!

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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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