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By Caitlin R. Kiernan

Caitlin R. Kiernan has been defined as certainly one of 'the most unique and audacious bizarre writers of her new release' (Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, The Weird), 'one of our crucial writers of darkish fiction' (New York Times), and S. T. Joshi has proclaimed, 'hers is now the voice of strange fiction.' within the Ape's spouse and different Stories--Kiernan's 12th choice of brief fiction due to the fact that 2001--she monitors the awesome diversity that characterizes her paintings. together with her ordinary forget for style barriers, she masterfully navigates the territories that experience ordinarily been classified darkish delusion, sword and sorcery, technology fiction, steampunk, and neo-noir. From the sophisticated horror of 'One Tree Hill (The international as Cataclysm)' and 'Tall our bodies' to a demon-haunted, exchange truth new york, from Mars to a near-future Philadelphia, and from ghoulish city legends of latest England to a feminist-queer retelling of Beowulf, those 13 tales preserve reader continually on their ft, ever doubtful of the following twist or flip.

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