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Song for the Unraveling of the World (Paperback)

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With Song for the Unraveling of the World, Evenson tailors his trademark taste for brutality into a collection of more classically horror-based tales without skimping on the conceptual, literary front as well. There's a story here for every horror fan, whether it's a simple but unsettling account of a girl with no face, a scripture-like tale set in a radiated post-apocalypse, or a sweat-dripping tale of a mansion that houses a horrific skin-stealing creature. Pick this up and be prepared for some relentless, unyielding fear from the best writer in horror today. Favorite stories were: “No Matter Which Way We Turned,” “Born Stillborn,” “Leaking Out,” "The Tower," "Smear," and “Lather of Flies.”

— From Chandler's Recommendations


A newborn's absent face appears on the back of someone else's head, a filmmaker goes to gruesome lengths to achieve the silence he's after for his final scene, and a therapist begins, impossibly, to appear in a troubled patient's room late at night. In these stories of doubt, delusion, and paranoia, no belief, no claim to objectivity, is immune to the distortions of human perception. Here, self-deception is a means of justifying our most inhuman impulses--whether we know it or not.

About the Author

Brian Evenson is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel, and his work has been named in Time Out New York's top books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566895484
ISBN-10: 1566895480
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English