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Wounds

Written by: Nathan Ballingrud
Narrated by: Corey Brill,Danny Campbell,Matthew Lloyd Davies,Rebekkah Ross,Jacques Roy
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Publisher's Summary

“Stretch[es] the boundaries of the genre.... It’s horrifying, but there’s beauty.” (The New York Times

“One of the field’s most accomplished short story writers.” (The Washington Post

A gripping collection of six stories of terror - including the novella The Visible Filth, the basis for the upcoming major motion picture - by Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Nathan Ballingrud, hailed as a major new voice by Jeff VanderMeer, Paul Tremblay, and Carmen Maria Machado - “one of the most heavyweight horror authors out there” (The Verge).

In his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud carved out a distinctly singular place in American fiction with his “piercing and merciless” (Toronto Globe and Mail) portrayals of the monsters that haunt our lives - both real and imagined: “What Nathan Ballingrud does in North American Lake Monsters is to reinvigorate the horror tradition” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

Now, in Wounds, Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, strange, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, including one new novella. From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in The Visible Filth to the search for the map of hell in “The Butcher’s Table”, Ballingrud’s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.

©2019 Nathan Ballingrud (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Brilliantly original, eerie and surreal.

Beautifully written, fascinating and highly entertaining. Having just finished listening to it I feel like waking up from something between a dream and a nightmare and all I want to do is go back for more.

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Meaty dark stories, worth a listen

This was a mixture of short stories loosely connected to the book's title. The quality of the writing was more than sufficient with some interesting and unique ideas and descriptions. It is not an ideal read for those with a short attention span as it was a bit wordy; I frequently lost track of who the characters were but was able to follow the overall stories. Tiny spoiler re: last story - I quite enjoyed the sounds of hell made by the lotus and the glimpse of fierce angels. It would be nice to hear more about that world.

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Fantastic!

Each story deals with hell and the characters navigate it in their own way. I loved every story. Especially that they are all linked in some way.... It’s gory at times, romantic at others.... Definitely dark and unnerving. We’ll absolutely be reading it again and again to catch the Easter eggs that I missed the first time.

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