Monstrous Affections

Paperback | November 15, 2009

byDavid Nickle

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Black Quill Award Winner, Best Dark Genre Collection (2010)A young bride and her future motherinlaw risk everything to escape it. A repentant father summons help from a pot of tar to ensure it. A starving woman learns from howling winds and a whispering host, just how fulfilling it can finally be.Can it be love?

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Black Quill Award Winner, Best Dark Genre Collection (2010)A young bride and her future motherinlaw risk everything to escape it. A repentant father summons help from a pot of tar to ensure it. A starving woman learns from howling winds and a whispering host, just how fulfilling it can finally be.Can it be love?

David Nickle is a Torontobased author and journalist whose fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies like CEMETERY DANCE, THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, the Northern Frights series and the Queer Fear series. Some of it has been collected in his book of stories, MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS. His first solo novel, EUROPIA: A NOVEL O...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.42 × 5.6 × 0.82 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:ChiZineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0981297838

ISBN - 13:9780981297835

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Table of Contents
The Geniality of Monsters Introduction by Michael Rowe
The Sloan Men
Janie and the Wind
Night of the Tar Baby
Other People's Kids
The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement and then Take Questions
The Pit-Heads
Slide Trombone
The Inevitability of Earth
Swamp Witch and the Tea-Drinking Man
The Delilah Party
Fly in your Eye
Polyphemus' Cave
The Webley

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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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Monstrous Affections David Nickle. ChiZine (LPG of Canada, dist.), $18.95 paper (292p) ISBN 978-0-9812978-3-5

[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.)

Publisher's Weekly (September 28, 2009)

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Advanced/Review Quotes: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+++ Monstrous Affections David Nickle. ChiZine (LPG of Canada, dist.), $18.95 paper (292p) ISBN 978-0-9812978-3-5[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.) —Publisher's Weekly (September 28, 2009)