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In Search Of and Others

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A house inches eight hundred miles to confess its horrible crime. The last resident of a mental institution discovers he's not alone. A middle-schooler performs an experiment to determine how much time we fit in dreams. Boys looking for wonder find more than they're expecting in the Adirondacks with Charles Fort. A detective learns everything he's ever wanted to know...and ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Lethe Press (first published February 26th 2013)
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Do you think of romance when you hear the term speculative fiction? There is a kind of romance that goes along with reading speculative fiction. It's true. I believe it happens because readers, or fans like me, fall a little in love with the what ifs and why nots, the unexplained, the unexpected, the twists and turns that sometimes push edginess into the weird. The wonder.

The title of Will Ludwigsen's collection, In Search Of and Others is a take on the 1970's television program In Search Of hos
Jack Haringa
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections, horror
Another very fine collection in 2013, Will Ludwigsen's In Search of and Others from Lethe Press offers fifteen tales of varying weirdness but consistent quality. My particular favorites are "We Were Wonder Scouts," "The Ghost Factory," and "Burying the Hatchets," which I think should have closed the collection with its notes of hope and tenderness. There are six original stories in the collection. The only one that fell flat for me was "Singularity Knocks," mainly because it felt more clever tha ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in 2013. A short collection of unique, weird stories that I'd recommend to anyone (who's not afraid of ghosts).
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love short stories, which means I read collections and anthologies often. Ludwigsen's In Search of and Others is one of the best I've read in the last year. Just amazing. On a line-by-line level his writing is beautiful and the stories, at their best are both magical and harrowing without ever being explicitly violent. Plus there's plenty of dark humor.
The most interesting part of this collection, for me, is how it builds; the first half of the collection contains previously published work, w
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short stories are not my cup of tea but at the behest of a close friend I decided to check out Will Ludwigsen's short story collection IN SEARCH OF AND OTHERS. This friend assured me that Will was a talented author and suspected that I would appreciate his fiendish wit. And so once again I took a step outside my comfortable bubble of security and exclusion to try something different. It's becoming apparent that I should clear my mind of preconceived notions because IN SEARCH OF AND OTHERS struck ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ludwigsen churns possibility to make a new mythos to feed your dreams.

Listen to the story Remembrance is Something Like a House, in which a condemned murder-house goes in search of amends here (or read it here).

Fans of the short fiction of Orson Scott Card, Rudy Rucker, or Ray Bradbury will be at home here.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review forthcoming. For now, I can say that this is the best short-story collection I have read this year.
Veronica Payne
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very unique collection of short stories! I loved the story "We were Wonder Scouts". Slightly weird, very creepy... All in all, a great read!
Jonathan Raab
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Search of and Others by Will Ludwigsen is a collection of weird fiction that flirts with the fantastic, using absurdism, gothic settings, ghosts, and meta-narratives to communicate complex themes of family, past, emotional damage, and so much more. What is special about this collection is that it rarely—if ever—dips into maudlin sentimentality. The stories collected here are romantic, yes. But they feel authentic.

Ludwigsen’s voice—whether expressed through the third person, or through the per
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't think it's the best book of the year but it's a very good collection of stories. It's slightly weird, edging on literary, without a lot of fantastical elements. What is there gets repeated: more than one story with ghosts, more than one about madness, more than one about children. I don't love that strong women are rare in Ludwigsen's collection; here are broken women, jealous girls, confused and lost and suicidal. Dead girls appear several times. There's one story with a respectable mat ...more
Jared Millet
I can't remember how I found out about this book, but it was probably a recommendation from John Mantooth. (Read his stuff.) In Search Of starts off with a glowing introduction from Jeffrey Ford praising the Literary Merit and Exquisite Imagery of Will Ludwigsen's stories, which reads almost like the opening statement of a trial attorney defending the work from a jury of hostile MFAs. Which is well and good, but I think it buries the lead: these stories are weird and spooky as hell. And they're ...more
Ian Casey
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will Ludwigsen's second collection, as with his first, is highly diverse in a way that doesn't lend itself to commercial stardom but is pleasing from the perspective of artistry. Nor does he simply shove every story in here willy-nilly, which makes for another short collection pared down from his catalogue.

Three stories mention a fantasy land called Thuria in parallel to the real world, subtly building a kind of Ludwigsen mythos without overpowering the stories individually or collectively. It's
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I share the author's obsession with the old In Search of... series starring Leonard Nimoy, and Ludwigsen does a wonderful job writing pieces that resonate with that vibe. It also seems he and I share some other interests and experiences in common: with Appalachia, the mental health profession, and--if the multiple appearances of dead people in rivers are any indication--Raymond Carver's story "So Much Water, So Close to Home."

My issue was that, with exceptions, my general reading experience was
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of short fiction. Sharply written, these stories have a mature sophistication and an air of darkness, but simultaneously balance those qualities with some playful aspect of childhood that still bears a sense of wonder in the face of the inexplicable and unknown. It's especially nice that some stories are accompanied by the illustrations that inspired them. I was sold on this book after reading only the author's introduction, in which he cites some seeds of inspiration fro ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: collections
Cool and creepy. Overlaid with an indefinable aura of obnoxious dude-ness, though, the mental hospital story being the best example there.
D.J. Sylvis
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were a few good stories, but overall it was more the sort of clever-but-soulless writing that really does nothing for me.
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Will Ludwigsen's stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Blood Lite, Interfictions 2, and many other places.

The intersection of these strange and scattered venues seems to be Will's fascination with weird mystery: signs of a dark and sublime imagination behind the universe. If he doesn't see those signs, he's more than
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“The whole world's a ghost factory. We all fade like the paint on these buildings, sometimes from too much sun, sometimes from too little. We blur and blend to the murky shades left behind when something vivid dies.” 2 likes
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