MR. GAUNT AND OTHER UNEASY ENCOUNTERS. N.p. Prime Books, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's first book, a collection of five ghost stories with introduction by Elizabeth Hand. Nominated for the 2008 Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection. "Literate, well-written stories with fine characterization and psychological insight. Set on a remote island off the coast of Scotland and rooted in Norse culture and folklore, 'On Skua Island' is a a excellent reinvention of the mummy tale. In 'Tutorial," a creative-writing student finds himself at the seemingly whimsical mercy of three unsettling writing tutors in the bowels of the humanities building. 'Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of Purple Flowers" is a post-apocalyptic tale of a couple relentlessly pursued by a pack of nightmarish, mutated hounds. 'Laocöon, or The Singularity' recounts a failed artist's doomed obsession with completing a mysterious sculpture he finds abandoned in an alley. In 'Mr. Gaunt,' Henry Farrange learns the terrifying truth behind a story from his childhood that his father told him in order to ensure he behaved properly. Evoking both M. R. James and Henry James in its narrative structure and thematic concerns, 'Mr. Gaunt' is a brilliant contemporary supernatural horror story." - Boyd White. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#167815).
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