The Dark Dark
StoriesBook - 2017
Presents a collection of stories that celebrates the mysteries and connections in the world and touches on such themes as creation, mortality, immortality, infidelity, and transformation.
A Best Book of the Year: NPR, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Review of Books, Kirkus
“Wields such a subtle and alien power . . . Wonderfully spooky.” —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
"A feminist manifesto threaded through imaginative fiction; it’s the most evocative, impressive collection I’ve read this year." —Daniel Johnson, The Paris Review
From the acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt's first collection of stories, The Dark Dark, blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge—girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more
Step into The Dark Dark, where an award-winning, acclaimed novelist debuts her first collection of short stories and conjures entire universes in just a few pages—conjures, splits in half, mines for humor, destroys with absurdity, and regenerates. In prose that sparkles and haunts, Samantha Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. Each of these ten haunting, inventive tales brings us to the brink—of creation, mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion, and every kind of love.
Laced with lyricism, hope, Hunt’s characteristic sly wit, and her unflinching gaze into the ordinary horrors of human existence, The Dark Dark celebrates the mysteries and connections that swirl around us. It’s never all the same, Hunt tells us. It changes a tiny bit every time. See for yourself.
"This is the first collection of stories from a widely acclaimed novelist writing in the realm of the literary fantastical. They urge an understanding of youth and mortality, ghosts, ghost towns, doubling and loss, with the hope that we can know one another more deeply or at least stand side by side to observe the mystery of the world"--
A first collection of stories by the award-winning author of The Invention of Everything Else imagines lives that are disrupted by otherworldly manifestations, from a woman who inadvertently cheats on her husband when she turns into a deer by night, to an FBI agent who falls in love with a robot built for a suicide mission. Original.