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Dark, unnerving and wickedly funny, Patrick McGrath's acclaimed short stories deal in the bizarre, the erotic and the unexpected. A failed writer meets an ageing gin-queen who claims he was once visited by an angel; a little girl finds a delirious, dying explorer from the Congo at the bottom of her back garden; a night-club is terrorized by a strange libidinous hand; and a young Victorian lady sails to India to find her fiance Cecil horribly transformed...

About The Author

Patrick McGrath is the author of several modern gothic novels, including Asylum and Spider, and two collections of stories. He lives in New York, where he is on the writing faculties of the New School and Princeton University.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2015)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501125393

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Raves and Reviews

"His prose, sinuous, savoury and sly, is a delight."

– Graham Swift

"Electrically unearthing the psychotic underside, Patrick McGrath's stories are brilliant... You believe every word."

– David Hughes, Mail On Sunday

Patrick McGrath's stories are a treat... evoked with a perfect blend of affection and spookery, morbidity and hilarity."

– Graham Swift

"Ancient Southern Plantations, isolated manor houses, places where ghosts like to lurk... the result is fiction that can be as powerful as it is strange."

– New York Times

"An imaginative collection... Opening with the unforgettable "Angel", McGrath's accessibility and flair for the absurd provide us with a palatable blend of humour and creepiness."

– Q

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