The narrator is Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood, who lives on the outskirts of her village with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. The trio is ostracized due to the family history –and to the villagers' suspicion that Constance poisoned the Blackwood parents with arsenic.  Merricat, who visits the village to pick up provisions, serves as the Blackwoods' only connection to the outside world. As the narrative’s deceptively innocent tone lures you in further and further, you realize that this is perhaps the most unsettling and disturbing book you will ever read (and yes, that's what makes it amazing).

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Caitlín R. Kiernan is a master of dark fiction, a literary heir to H. P. Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson. The Drowning Girl is her masterpiece, multilayered and complex. India Morgan Phelps - Imp - no longer trusts her memory. She attempts to write down her ‘ghost story’ and her meeting (in July? or in November?) with a woman named Eva Canning (a siren? a werewolf?). This book is about a haunting and is a haunting itself. It stays with you and invades your dreams.
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ISBN: 9780451464163
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Published: Ace - March 6th, 2012

What if Reformation never happened, Roman Catholic Church rules over the Western world, and all forms of technology save for steam engine are forbidden? Keith Roberts's Pavane (Old Earth Books, $17) depicts this alternative history through a series of six loosely interconnected stories, followed by a coda. The characters range from a heretic monk to a Lady who sets in motion a revolution. This 1968 science fiction classic has recently been reissued in a lovely deckle-edged edition and reviewed by Michael Dirda, who called it 'one of the most thought-filled, a book with the glowing but somber majesty of a stained-glass window, constructed from the most disparate bits and fragments, from the tesserae of multiple lives.' It is an exquisite work of fiction that transcends genre, and I would recommend it even if science fiction is not your usual fare. It is the book to read slowly, savor, and contemplate.
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ISBN: 9781882968398
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Published: Old Earth Books - December 1st, 2011