Quick Pick: July 15, 2016

a natural history of hellA Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford

A twisted and delightful mix of stories combining horror, history, science fiction and folklore – there’s a little something for everyone! There’s the story of children and the local wise woman; an invitation to the neighbor’s exorcism; an unusual carriage ride with Emily Dickinson; a pulp sci-fi tale; and of course, witches and ghosts. These thirteen meticulously crafted tales will shock and amuse you. You don’t need Halloween for scary stories – treat yourself now! Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go back and read everything else Ford has ever written.

Backlist bump: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones

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