A chilling anthology featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction from the multiple award-winning author of the national bestseller The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.

From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, Tremblay illuminates our primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction that leaves us unmoored. As he lowers the sky and yanks the ground from beneath our feet, we are compelled to contemplate the darkness inside our own hearts and minds.


Huge thanks to Titan Books for sending me a copy of the book.

Paul Trembley (also known as Mr. Ambiguous Horror) is easily one of my favorite writers. The amount of craftsmanship that goes into his stories is mind-blowing.

If you’re lucky enough to appreciate his style, well then my friend, you’re in for a treat.

“Some fears can be explored only by story. Some emotions can be communicated only by story. Some truths can be revealed only by story. That’s the unique experience I crave as a reader and I strive for as a writer.”

We have a total of 19 stories in this collection (every Constant Reader: Ka?) ranging from emotion-filled ones to WTF-have-I-just-read?!

At first, I planned on doing individual reviews for each story. But I quickly realized that it would be hard to keep them spoiler free.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Growing Things
  • The Getaway
  • Nineteen Snapshots of Dennisport
  • A Haunted House is a Wheel Upon Which Some Are Broken
  • It Won’t Go Away
  • Notes From the Dog Walkers
  • The Ice Tower
  • It’s Against the Law to Feed the Ducks
  • The Thirteenth Temple

It would be VERY hard to pick a single favorite.

I took Sadie’s (MotherHorror) advice and read the Notes section after finishing each story. I’d recommend you to do the same. It’s awesome to get that extra bit of background info.

Overall, this was a terrific collection of stories!