From the Publisher
“The Story Until Now provides many, many hours of thought provocation and pleasure, but Reed’s greatest contributions to American letters might be her willingness and ability to storm the gates and break down the barriers that prevent science fiction and fantasy from getting the critical attention it so richly deserves.”Andrew Ervin, Miami Herald
“Her stories are sharp, transgressive and full of the unexpected, with enough keen social observations to launch a thousand dissertations.”Chelsea Cain, New York Times Book Review
“The Story Until Now' unleashes new and classic stories fired by a radiant imagination.”Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
“The title of Kit Reed's selection of her own short stories, ‘The Story Until Now’, reminds us that although she has been writing award-winning fiction for some 50 years, she's still accelerating. The scope of these 35 stories is immense, their variety unmatched. … Her fictions are layered, their hearts revealed retrospectively.”Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal
The 34 stories in this genre-bending collection span a period of half a century, from 1960 until the present. Included are some of the author's earliest stories, such as the chilling tale of sisters snowed in with a stranger as resources diminish ("Winter") as well as more recent offerings, such as the haunting "Song of the Black Dog" (2011). This volume also includes previously uncollected tales, among them "Wherein We Enter the Museum" and "The Legend of Troop 13." VERDICT A master of vigorous writing who takes a fearless approach to her stories, Reed (The Ballad of T. Rantula; The Baby Merchant) demonstrates here her skill at shorter fiction. Fans will appreciate this smorgasbord of tasty stories, while first timers may discover a "new" favorite author.