Alongside the release of Brian Evenson’s latest collection of stories, A Collapse of Horses, Coffee House is rereleasing three classic novels: 1998′s Father of Lies, 2006′s The Open Curtain, and 2009′s Last Days. The familiar has never looked more unnerving.
Praised by Peter Straub for going “furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice,” Brian Evenson has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel, and one of Time Out New York’s top books. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, Evenson lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program.
“Evenson’s stories, small masterworks of literary horror, are elegantly tense. They operate in psychological territory, never relying on grossness or slasher silliness to convey their scariness . . . For the Stephen King fan in the house: an author as capable, if a touch less prolific.”—Kirkus
“Admirers of Evenson (Windeye; Altmann’s Tongue) applaud the edge he maintains between the unexplained and the intimate. This latest collection continues to explore that line, and for how much is left obscured, an eerie emotional echo remains. . . . . Evenson’s journey along the boundaries of short fiction make for an eye-opening dissection of the form.”—Publishers Weekly
“Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe.”—Jonathan Lethem
“One of the most provocative, inventive, and talented writers we have working today.”—The Believer
“There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson.”—George Saunders
“Packed with enough atrocities to give Thomas Harris pause. . . . Not many writers have the imagination or the audacity to transform what looks like salvation into an utterly original outpost of hell.”—Bookforum