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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 fictionthe tension and terror or horror, the illusion and mystery of noirand 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 oneand I mean no oneis better at excavating the strangeness of our everyday lives." Andrew Ervin
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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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Advance Reader's Copy - Uncorrected Galley
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication date: June 2012
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bad writing. Weird for the sake of being weird.....bad Poe knockoff.Published 23 months ago by UptonVisserlin
I received this in great condition, some minor use was noted though. it was a great read. I had to get it for a class but i recommend this for anyone interested in science fiction. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Yolanda Boateng
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. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Clint Hale
I am a convert to Mr Evensons stories. Absolutely brilliant literary horror. The stories are so peculiar and wide ranging. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by captain frodo
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. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Usually when there is a collection of works I always find at least a few of the works to be under par. Not so with the little book of weird gems. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Carol Ann Brannigan
Suppose you couldn't trust your own mind, your consciousness, your memories, your grasp of reality? What would it be like if you have a sister and then she disappears and then no... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by E SHAW
Brian Evenson's book of short stories is not a page turner because the reader will want to savor the words, but a sense of dread permeates his work like Edgar Allan Poe's and... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Cheryl Jacobson