The Shadows Behind

The Shadows Behind

by Kristi Petersen Schoonover


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In the shadows, monsters lurk.

In this disturbing new collection from award-winning short story author Kristi Petersen Schoonover, a hungry volcano demands more and a talking piranha predicts the future. A plastic Easter bunny taunts a struggling husband, ancient Egyptian jars tempt a former convict, and a man-eating tree mocks a bereft mother. Kudzu devours a sleeping town, and seagull bones whisper long-buried secrets.

These monsters are simply stand-ins for those we face every day: shape-shifting grief and overwhelming terror; soul-consuming love and all-possessing fear. We can rail against them or embrace them, but they are always there.

Waiting, and unconquerable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997932966
Publisher: Books & Boos Press
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Kristi Petersen Schoonover has recently made peace with her most frightening shadows, although she still sleeps with the lights on.
She is the author of the collection Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World, the novel Bad Apple, the novelette This Poisoned Ground, and the novella "Splendid Chyna," which appears in The Terror Project's Three on a Match.
She curated the Ink Stains anthology Volume 7, served as co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony winter residencies.
She studied under Daniel Pearlman at the University of Rhode Island and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
She serves as co-host of the Dark Discussions podcast, and lives in the Connecticut woods with her housemate, Charles, her husband, Nathan, and two cats. Follow her adventures at

Table of Contents



Thirty-Seven Birds


Jarring Lucas

Down in the Green

Snake in the Grass

Candle Garden

Hairless Girl Does the Hula

Once, the World Was Dark Enough for Sleep

Under the Kudzu




The Thing Inside

Deconstructing Fireflies

How I Stopped Complaining and Learned to Love the Bunny

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