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Knuckles and Tales

Collins, Nancy A.

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ISBN 10: 1587670151 / ISBN 13: 9781587670152
Published by Cemetery Dance, Abingdon, MD, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, hardcover, F/F dj, as new unread copy. Signed and limited to 1,000 copies. Collects fifteen tales of the macabre; focusing on her Southern Gothic tales. Bookseller Inventory # 000056

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Title: Knuckles and Tales

Publisher: Cemetery Dance, Abingdon, MD

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: J. K. Potter

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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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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