Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters

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Don't talk to strangers: the advice everyone hears and few heed. Now its menace has inspired acclaimed anthologist Michele Slung to seek a haunting variety of interpretations reminding us why we ignore this counsel at our peril. Intrigued as well by the slippery definition of "stranger," Slung has looked to such masters of lingering discomfiture as Patricia Highsmith, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Mark Helprin, and Edith Wharton for memorable waking nightmares.

Wherever each tale takes us -- to a greasy spoon somewhere off the highway or to an estate deep in the English countryside, to the basement lair of a suburban hobbyist or to an isolated Saharan oasis -- it sends us spiraling into that blackness yawning beyond its particular unseen trap door.

Slung's choices are both old and new, real and surreal, noir and nervy. Once you've been introduced to the strangers she's sending your way, one thing is certain -- you'll regard everyone you encounter differently... including that very familiar person who stares back at you from the mirror.

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About the Author:

Michele Slung's previous books include Fever, Slow Hand, Momilies, and I Shudder at Your Touch. She lives in Washington, DC and New York City.

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Michele Slung, an accomplished editor whose past books include I Shudder at Your Touch and Murder & Other Acts of Literature, has selected stories that muse on the matter of unfamiliar faces from eight decades of creepy fiction in Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters. In addition to the usual suspects Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, even Patricia Highsmith there are pleasant (and very literary) surprises: contributions from Shirley Jackson, Mark Helprin and Edith Wharton.
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