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A house inches eight hundred miles to confess its horrible crime. The last resident of a mental institution discovers he's not alone. A middle-schooler performs an experiment to determine how much time we fit in dreams. Boys looking for wonder find more than they're expecting in the Adirondacks with Charles Fort. A detective learns everything he's ever wanted to know...and some things he hasn't. In Will Ludwigsen's short stories of strangeness and mystery--a finalist for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best ...
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Overview

A house inches eight hundred miles to confess its horrible crime. The last resident of a mental institution discovers he's not alone. A middle-schooler performs an experiment to determine how much time we fit in dreams. Boys looking for wonder find more than they're expecting in the Adirondacks with Charles Fort. A detective learns everything he's ever wanted to know...and some things he hasn't. In Will Ludwigsen's short stories of strangeness and mystery--a finalist for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection--the universe has a way of being weird in just the ways we need it to be. There are answers to many of our deepest questions...and they're usually far more personal than we expect. What are you in search of? And what is in search of you?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this hauntingly beautiful collection of nine reprinted and six original stories, Ludwigsen (Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby! and Other Cosmic Insolence) issues an invitation to look past preconceived notions of self and ways of being, and to take a journey to the dark side of imagination. “The Speed of Dreams” begins as a lighthearted tale told from the perspective of a teen girl but takes an abrupt turn to a resonating and viscerally powerful conclusion. “We Were Wonder Scouts” echoes the irrepressible spirit of a Heinlein protagonist while twisting it ever so slightly. The variety of viewpoints and alternation between short and long stories allow the reader to catch a breath just before being pulled deep beneath the surface of chilling wonder. Each story’s concepts remain fully accessible while still challenging the reader, and exquisite craftsmanship makes this a timeless classic for those seeking asylum from formulaic prose. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Mundane reality mixes with the magical and the macabre in this scintillating collection of speculative fiction. Inspired by the pop-enigma TV anthology hosted by Leonard Nimoy, Ludwigsen's droll yet haunting title piece sets the tone, answering the puzzling questions with a blend of mythology and cynical common sense--"[t]he creature in Loch Ness was a plesiosaur, but it died in 1976 and locals concealed the carcass"--that eventually homes in on a homicide detective's buried secrets. In other stories, characters confront the supernatural--or actively recruit it: A realtor specializing in haunted houses and murder scenes seeks out those special buyers who might like "stigmatized properties"; a 13-year-old girl tries to quantify her dog's dream world for a science-fair project; a cantankerous hillbilly family resists government agents who want to upload their consciousnesses into a paradise simulation; a sentient house tears lose from its foundations and embarks on an epic journey to salve its guilty conscience; and the imaginary kingdom of Thuria intrudes into several narratives, cropping up in an off-kilter scouting expedition, a mother's psychotic break and a post-modern literary scholar's research on an ancient coded text. Ludwigsen's well-wrought, entertaining tales feel like a mashup of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, and his evocative, whip-smart prose steeps readers in a realism that's mordantly funny and matter-of-fact but glimmering with whimsy and horror that leaks around the edges. The stories also work as subtle explorations of character and psychology, especially in the superb story "The Ghost Factory," in which the spectral inhabitants of a defunct mental hospital enact the spiritual dysfunctions of modern life by fading from the world. Ludwigsen's creepy, comic world reveals plenty about our own. Crackerjack genre yarns with real literary depth and polish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590212707
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    As per Locus

    I have never read anything by this author. This collection has been nominated by Locus Magazine as one of the best collections published in 2013.

    This review may change after I read the book.

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