Things We Say in the Dark

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Random House, Oct 3, 2019 - Fiction - 240 pages

'Gripping . . . You won't put it down' Sunday Telegraph

A shocking collection of dark stories, ranging from chilling contemporary fairytales to disturbing supernatural fiction.

Alone in a remote house in Iceland a woman is unnerved by her isolation; another can only find respite from the clinging ghost that follows her by submerging herself in an overgrown pool. Couples wrestle with a lack of connection to their children; a schoolgirl becomes obsessed with the female anatomical models in a museum; and a cheery account of child's day out is undercut by chilling footnotes.

These dark tales explore women's fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence.

'A brilliant collection of stories . . . All will burrow their way into your brain and not let go' Stylist

'Shimmers with menace . . . Fans of Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson take note' i Newspaper

KIRSTY LOGAN WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF BRITAIN'S TEN MOST OUTSTANDING LGBTQ WRITERS by Val McDermid for the International Literature Showcase in 2019


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User Review  - Bran_Pap - LibraryThing

A punchy little collection of some really great surrealist horror stories! I started off wanting to read one each night before bed, but accidentally read the last hundred or so pages in a single night. Whoops. Read full review

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Last One to Leave Please Turn Off the Lights
Things My Wife and I Found Hidden in Our House
My House is Out Where the Lights
Sleep You BlackEyed Pig Fall into a Deep Pit of Ghosts
Girls are Always Hungry When all the Men are BiteSize
Birds Fell From the Sky and Each One Spoke in Your Voice
The City is Full of Opportunities and Full of Dogs
My Body Cannot Forget Your Body
Stranger Blood is Sweeter
Good Good Good Nice Nice Nice
The Only Time I Think of You is All the Time
Half Sick of Shadows
The Only Thing I Cant Tell You is
The Worlds More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand
Sweeter Than the Tongue I Remember
Watch the Wall My Darling While the Gentlemen Go

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About the author (2019)

Kirsty Logan is the author of the novels The Gracekeepers and The Gloaming, the short story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, the flash fiction chapbook The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive, and the short memoir The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up. Her books have won the LAMBDA Literary Award, the Polari First Book Prize, the Saboteur Award, the Scott Prize and the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, and been selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. In 2019 she was selected as one of the ten most outstanding LGBTQ British writers for the International Literature Showcase. Her short fiction and poetry has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.


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