From USA Today bestselling author Carole Lanham comes a special edition of her award-winning short stories recreated with photography that's as dark and mischievous as a whispered secret ...
When Mr. Jericho visits the farm, Etta undergoes a change that makes her crave the unthinkable. Too bad her brother Gidion is the one she turns to in her hour of need.
There's something hidden at the top of the staircase at The Asylum for Fatherless Children. When Bram is sent up to give it a look, he faces a monster more ugly than he ever imagined, and learns the terrible truth about himself.
For three young friends with a taste for danger, mysterious candy leads to disaster and maybe (maybe not) to flying through the air by the seat of your pants. One thing is for certain: If someone should ever offer you a Jilly Jally Butter Mint, just say no!
Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Sullivan calls The Whisper Jar "Ghastly and puckish and melodic and riveting and erotic and fanciful and sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, and always entertaining." Like secrets whispered in a jar, this special edition is guaranteed to torment you long after you've turned the final page.
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The stories in THE WHISPER JAR were perfect bit size pieces for a disturbingly delicious anthology. I was surprised how connected to each story, which is a difficult feat to accomplish in so little words. After reading a couple of the stories, I had to stop and nurse my book hangover, since I was not quite ready to let go of the characters. One of the stories, THE READING LESSONS, is due to become a full-length novel next year, though I’d think that almost all of these stories would make fantastic full-length books. Besides the gothic elements, this anthology also dabbles in some controversial topics like incest, pedeophiliacs, underage sex, racial tension, and religious tyrony. Most of these topics are implied, though I must warn that anyone who is easily offended should not read this book. Stories that were amazing: Keepity Keep – a love triangle between two brothers and a fairy. The ending of this story crushed me! The Blue Word – an orphan prepares for graduation. I wish that this was made into a full-length novel. I could not believe the ending. The Forgotten Orphan – a boy who discovers the creature upstairs. Amazing story from start to end. Friar Garden, Mister Samuel, and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints – I’m not quite sure what this story was about. I’m thinking that the mints were some kind of hallucinogen, but it’s hard to say. The Reading Lessons – reading lessons that can kill you. I think this story had a slow start, yet and amazing finish. Stories that were okay: The Whisper Jar – poem about a jar that holds the town’s secrets The Good Part – a brother who will do anything for his sister Maxwell Treat’s Museum of Torture for Young Girls and Boys – a boy collects torture devices. I didn’t care for this story much. The Adventures of Velvet Honeybone, Girl Werewuff – poem about…umm I don’t actually know. It’s too poetic for me.
Throw together a bit of Tim Burton, a pinch of Neil Gaiman, a little Flannery O'Connor, and top it all off with a helping of David Lynch, and you might have something resembling the uniquely disturbing - and charming - voice of Carole Lanham. In Lanham's tales, the innocent magic of childhood has grown dark and tainted in the twilight realm of adolescence. The emergence of new appetites takes on a sinister flavor, in worlds which are both hometown folksy and simultaneously surreal. Whether showing us a new take on a very old monster in The Good Part or inventing the sort of treat even Willy Wonka never dreamed of in Friar Garden, Master Samuel, and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints, Lanham's deft prose enchants as it unsettles. Highly recommended!