THE JANUS TREE AND OTHER STORIES by Glen Hirshberg. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2011. 1st edition hardcover. LIMITED to 750 SIGNED/NUMBERED copies.
Length: 230 pages.
A young girl, lying in the way-back of a station wagon during an all-night family road trip, becomes convinced that the people up front are no longer her parents.
A dutiful Jewish nephew slowly comes to understand—and fear—his aging aunts’ obsession with the exotic animals wandering loose on a nearby farm in suburban Baltimore.
A Japanese immigrant, isolated in a California mountain town while caring for her dying husband, begins seeing Tall Things in the corners of her house. Whisperers. They tell her they are coming to live in her mouth.
And in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning title novelette, a decaying mining town in Montana provides the backdrop for a desperate battle between a troubled, pugnacious pre-teen, the bully who has terrorized him, and the much more sinister force neither child realizes has come for them.
Welcome back to Glen Hirshberg country, where griefs are at least as dangerous as ghosts. Where terror and wonder become not just inextricable but often indistinguishable. Where the worlds of imagination and everyday reality color and corrode and sometimes overwhelm each other.
A country surprisingly like your own.
Limited: 750 signed numbered cloth bound hardcovers.
Table of Contents
The Janus Tree,
I Am Coming to Live in Your Mouth,
You Become the Neighborhood,
The Pikesville Buffalo,
Miss Ill-Kept Runt,
Like Lick Em Sticks, Like Tina Fey,
The Nimble Men,
From Publishers Weekly:
“Hirshberg delivers plenty of creepy, strange tales in his third collection… [He] is a master of the disturbing…”
Fine in fine dj.