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Pick of the Week

Very, very busy today, including a doctor's appointment, but I wanted to get this wonderful (and rather astounding) bit of news out there. The Publisher's Weekly review of Two Worlds and in Between has come in. Not only is it starred, it was chosen as the "Pick of the Week," out of all books reviewed this week. PW has never before been so kind to me (and no, this is not the NEWS THAT IS SO GOOD, SO COOL I received last week. Anyway, here's the review:

Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan, Vol. 1
Caitlin R. Kiernan. Subterranean (www.subterraneanpress.com), $38 (576p) ISBN 978-1-59606-391-4

"I wasn't always a storyteller," Kiernan (The Red Tree) claims in her introduction, but you wouldn't know it by the tremendous talent displayed in these 26 stories of life, death, undeath, horror, sorrow, and a peculiar sort of beauty. This retrospective volume, the first of two, contains works published between 1993 and 2004 that show Kiernan's rapid ascent from a journeyman writer bringing a fresh perspective to classic horror themes ("Emptiness Spoke Eloquent," a Dracula "sequel," and the title tale, an exercise in punk nihilism with zombies) to one of the most innovative and imaginative stylists in contemporary dark fantasy. Particularly noteworthy are two award-winning stories: "La Peau Verte," an otherworldly absinthe fantasy, and the horror tour de force "Onion," about a couple haunted by encounters with the supernatural that represent both the most horrifying and the most transcendent moments of their depressingly common lives. All of the selections are distinguished by Kiernan's poetic prose, which conjures a rich, enveloping atmosphere of dread and imparts a surreality to the narratives that supports their weird events. Every story in the book deserves its "best" designation. (Oct.)

So. Yeah. Wow.

Also, the 600-copy limited edition of of the collection is now completely sold out at the publisher. However, the trade edition can still be ordered directly from Subterranean Press.

Aunt Beast


( 16 comments — Have your say! )
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :)
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)

I hope the news that is so good, so cool involves showering well-deserved financing on you.

Jun. 14th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
All your hard work is paying off and the industry source for book news has noticed and praised your work. What a kick!
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)

Jun. 14th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Very nice!
Jun. 14th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Awesome review!
Jun. 14th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Every story in the book deserves its "best" designation.

That is indeed pretty cool.
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Wonderful news. Congratulations on a well-deserved review!
Jun. 14th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Looking forward to it.
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats, every word of that review is pure TRUTH. So glad I nabbed a copy of the limited when they were selling @ $40!!!! I'm pretty pumped for the accompanying chapbook and I've never read "Daughter of the Four Pentacles" or "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" so I'm eagerly awaiting the volume for those as well.

p.s. just re-read "Night Story 1973" which still mesmerizes me with Ghost's Appalachian childhood!
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, all sold out and an excellent review. That's wonderful! I can hardly wait till my copy is in my hands.

Jun. 14th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)

Wonderful review - the kind you can print out and tack up in a corner of the office for those days when you really need a reminder that yes, you really ARE as good at this as you'd like to be.
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