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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine; 1st edition (Nov. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981297838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297835
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Nickle writes ’em damned weird and damned good and damned dark. He is bourbon-rough, poetic and vivid. Don't miss this one.

—Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

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Monstrous Affections David Nickle. ChiZine (LPG of Canada, dist.), $18.95 paper (292p) ISBN 978-0-9812978-3-5

[STARRED REVIEW] Bleak, stark and creepy, Stoker-winner Nickle's first collection will delight the literary horror reader. A jarring cover illustration by Erik Mohr prepares the reader for 13 terrifying tales of rural settings, complex and reticent characters and unexpected twists that question the fundamentals of reality. All are delivered with a certain grace, creating a sparse yet poetic tour of the horrors that exist just out of sight. Standout stories include “Janie and the Wind,” where a battered, abandoned woman does what she needs to survive; “Other People's Kids,” a disturbing examination of the razor-thin moment dividing childhood from maturity and the hand holding that razor; and “The Pit Heads,” a phenomenal story about the cold remnants of a Canadian mining town and the true cost of beauty. This ambitious collection firmly establishes Nickle as a writer to watch. (Nov.)

Publisher's Weekly (September 28, 2009)

About the Author

David Nickle is a Torontobased author and journalist whose fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies like CEMETERY DANCE, THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, the Northern Frights series and the Queer Fear series. Some of it has been collected in his book of stories, MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS. His first solo novel, EUROPIA: A NOVEL OF TERRIBLE OPTIMISM, led the NATIONAL POST to call him "a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King." He also works as a reporter, covering Toronto municipal politics for a chain of community newspapers.

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This is an excellent book. Great if you are looking for horror with some literary merit. The stories are intriguing and well written. The theme of love (in some form or another) appears throughout the book, hence the title. Some of my favorites are "The Sloan Men" and "Other People's Kids." "The Inevitability of Earth" continues to haunt me. I really loved "The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement and then Take Questions." It's only a page and a half, but really creepy. When I got to the end, I said 'OH NO!' aloud. It seems to epitomize the way these stories start out seeming mundane, but soon take a disturbing twist that is in many ways a surprise, but in the back of your mind you sensed that something unwholesome was looming just below the surface. Very, very cool.

The overall creepiness of this book is certainly enhanced by the cover.I don't know who designed it, but damn, that cover is grotesque. Part of you wants to stare, and part of you wants to bury it in the yard. You can't properly appreciate it online. You've got to get the book and look that thing in the face. For better or for worse, it gets a reaction. It's been sitting on my coffee table, and I've noticed my boyfriend keeps covering it with magazines.

All in all, this is a rare book that you need to own. Get it while you can. The publisher is a very small but excellent new press, so I assume the print-run was limited. This book has been getting a lot of attention, and it's already sold out on Amazon and will be soon on Amazon.ca. As of December 2009, copies can still be had on the publisher's website. [...]
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Pros: variety of stories, different lengths and wildly different subject matters, though provoking, unsettling

Cons: several stories require some thought to understand, with one being beyond my comprehension

This is a great collection of horror stories. There's variety in length and subject matter, with most having horrifying twist endings of some sort that make you rethink what you believed was happening in the story. Mr. Nickle brings in different mythologies, which was fun. And they all deal with affection in one way or another, most regarding family and a few with other topics.

There were only two stories I didn't like and in one case that was because I didn't quite understand the ending. With a few other stories it took some thought to realize their brilliance, which I did like.

Mr. Nickle uses your natural assumptions against you. For example, you assume Janie in "Janie and the Wind" is a victim. Turns out that's not entirely the case.

My review code for short stories is ^^ for 2 thumbs, ^ thumbs up, v thumb down)

^^ "The Sloan Men" - Judith visits her boyfriend's parents and discovers the man she loves is not WHAT she remembers him as. A very unsettling story.

^ "Janie and the Wind" - Janie's husband gives her a beating and leaves her stranded without food on a small island in Georgian Bay. A storm's coming and she's hungry. I found it a little long and rather strange. Great twist ending.

^^ "Night of the Tar Baby" - A father recently released from prison takes his two kids out to make a tar baby. He uses the creature to teach those around him about anger management. Another unsettling story, told from the young daughter's POV.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a6476e4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x9a64e27c) out of 5 stars Great book with a disturbing cover Dec 16 2009
By m.r.fruits - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. Great if you are looking for horror with some literary merit. The stories are intriguing and well written. The theme of love (in some form or another) appears throughout the book, hence the title. Some of my favorites are "The Sloan Men" and "Other People's Kids." "The Inevitability of Earth" continues to haunt me. I really loved "The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement and then Take Questions." It's only a page and a half, but really creepy. When I got to the end, I said 'OH NO!' aloud. It seems to epitomize the way these stories start out seeming mundane, but soon take a disturbing twist that is in many ways a surprise, but in the back of your mind you sensed that something unwholesome was looming just below the surface. Very, very cool.

The overall creepiness of this book is certainly enhanced by the cover.I don't know who designed it, but damn, that cover is grotesque. Part of you wants to stare, and part of you wants to bury it in the yard. You can't properly appreciate it online. You've got to get the book and look that thing in the face. For better or for worse, it gets a reaction. It's been sitting on my coffee table, and I've noticed my boyfriend keeps covering it with magazines.

All in all, this is a rare book that you need to own. Get it while you can. The publisher is a very small but excellent new press, so I assume the print-run was limited. This book has been getting a lot of attention, and it's already sold out on Amazon. As of December 2009, copies can still be had on the publisher's website. [...]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a64e2d0) out of 5 stars Something fiercely original in a hidebound genre July 10 2011
By Joseph Borrelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been a horror nut my entire life and one of the big dangers of the genre is the over-reliance on tropes. A lot of the creators are fans and tend not to think beyond the hoary old vampire/haunted house/serial killer cliches.

This book is amazingly original, beautifully written, and completely engaging. I will read anything this dude writes. If you're a horror fan who wants something new, you should too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a64e5ac) out of 5 stars Great eclectic collection of Canadian horror... Aug. 13 2012
By ctgilley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at Powell's bookstore in Portland, looking for something to read on a weekend away. I generally like short horror fiction, since it rarely focuses on the why and instead on the what. This book was a great quick read, full of horror that occasionally has an odd Canadian twist to it. Highly recommended for fans of short horror fiction.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a64eabc) out of 5 stars I'm not a big fan of short stories but... Aug. 26 2011
By percentnineteen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I will often give a book a second thought if the cover is nice. When I first heard about Monstrous Affections I thought, "Well...it's a book of short stories. I usually don't get that interested in short stories." I thought a little more about it and the cover pushed my decision from "don't buy" to "buy".

I can't say that this book has me reconsidering my aversion to short stories, but many of the stories in this book are top notch. They are really weird horror. Very well written. Just a bit short.
HASH(0x9a64e390) out of 5 stars Some of the best horror stories I've read are funny March 9 2016
By nightflight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Some of the best horror stories I've read are funny; you will find that in this book. A twisted funny that is.


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