Quick Pick: July 15, 2016

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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

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