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Knuckles & Tales

Collins, Nancy A.

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ISBN 10: 1587670151 / ISBN 13: 9781587670152
Published by Cemetery Dance Pubns
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1587670151 2002. 339 pages. Presentation Copy of 26 limited edition, lettered and signed copies. Black boards with silver lettering, fine. Spine square. Binding sound. Dust jacket covered in archival Mylar, slightly warped to front, else fine. Interior clean, unmarked. Purple traycase very good, shows sticker remnant to back, slight rubbing to spine corners, bump to fore-edge. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2005546

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Title: Knuckles & Tales

Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Book by Collins, Nancy A.

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Although best known for her hip horror novels featuring punk vampire Sonja Blue, Collins shows an innate aptitude for the classic southern Gothic in her third collection (after Nameless Sins and Avenue X), the contents of which are exclusively the fruit of her Arkansas roots. Nine of the 15 selections are set in Seven Devils, a decaying bayou backwater that epitomizes the "dark side to small town life." The stand-out opener, "The Sunday-Go-to-Meeting Jaw," sets the tone for the rest of the selections with its haunting account of a returned rebel soldier whose mutilated face is a grotesque symbol of the defeated Confederacy. Despair, insanity and violence achieve near elemental force in the more modern stories. "How It Was with the Kraits" takes a page out of Tennessee Williams in its grim chronicle of family dysfunction and a doomed mother and son "needing each other so bad love and hate became one and the same thing." One of the few stories with a standard supernatural theme, "Raymond," paints a sympathetic portrait of a child whose lobotomy seems a greater perversion of nature than the werewolf instincts it's meant to curb. Collins largely eschews the degenerate stereotypes and suffocating atmosphere of dread typical of the southern Gothic, building her stories instead on studies of characters just desperate or dim enough to indulge base motives that drive them to criminal or supernatural ends. Her strategic deployment of local folklore and cornpone colloquialisms gives her homegrown horrors authenticity and helps make these dark slices of southern life as chilling as a mint julep in summer.

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