The Very Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan
“One of our essential writers of dark fiction.”
—New York Times
Caitlín R. Kiernan is one of dark fantasy and horror’s most acclaimed and influential short fiction writers. Her powerful, unexpected stories shatter morality, gender, and sexuality: a reporter is goaded by her toxic girlfriend into visiting sadistic art exhibits; a countess ...more
Caitlín Kiernan is regarded as a master of dark fantasy and a collection of the ‘best’ of her stories sounded really interesting. The book is a collection of 20 short stories, each with different theme and setting. Though classified as horror, ...more
Andromeda Among the Stones- 2/5
La Peau Verte- 4/5
Houses Under the Sea- 3/5
Bradbury Weather- 3/5
A Child’s Guide to Hollow Hills- 5/5
A small note about each of the stories is below:
Story #1 - Andromeda Among the Stones ...more
This collection contains 20 of Kiernan's short stories (and she's quite prolific as a short story writer--which is, in my opinion, her strongest form). About half of them I've read before in other places. Each story is fabulous, and it shows how far she's come as a writer. The threads of horror are still there, but ...more
For me a good short story is still complete in some way, it’s a stripped-back story or a snapshot of one but it still needs to be coherent and immersive in its own right. Although it may not have all of the elements of a novel it still needs something to pull a reader in - whether that’s a compelling main character, an interesting situation, a ...more
actual rating: 3.5
You tell him, By your own words, mister, we see thou art an evil man, and we, too, are surely out and about and up to no good, as you'll have guessed, and we are no better than thee, and so there is balance.
I enjoyed this book but it is a LONG book and therefore took me about two weeks to read, and that was with me trying to hurry because I'd already missed the publishing date! Looking back I can't think of any stories here that ...more
Every story in The Very Best is as good as the last: “Andromeda Among the Stones,” “A Child’s Guide to the Hollow Hills,” “In View ...more
If you're looking for the fantastic, the strange, something out of the ordinary, stop right here. Caitlin R. Kiernan is one of the very best and this is volume collects just some of the very of her short stories stories.
She will drop you into a scene, guide you around and then exit. Was that stage left? Who knows? And best of all, none of her stories seem alike. That's what sets her apart from the pack. Did I mention she's smart?
She's a gifted author as well.
If you've never read ...more
When I finally went to bed, the nightmares found me, as they almost always do, and for a while, at least, I wasn’t alone.
— Bradbury Weather
Last year I stumbled upon Agents of Dreamland while scrolling through my book shop's website and really just downloaded it on a whim. I loved this novella, it was trippy and weird and I knew I had to read more by Caitlín R. Kiernan. When I saw that this collection of twenty previously published stories was available on NetGalley, I immediately...more
I have always tried to put my finger on why I don;t enjoy reading certain short stories, but love others. I have read and enjoyed all of Stephen King’s short story collections, love Shirley Jackson”s stories and one of my favorite books ever is I Robot, by Isaac Asimov. I have read countless other short story collections and enjoyed then immensely. But, hand me a copy of The New Yorker Short ...more
These stories are perfect for those who enjoy the creepy, weird, and strange. These stories are smart, written with great detail and observation. Not to mention, of course, the style and voice! Each character was ...more
This is essentially the definitive collection for me. There's no shortage of collections of her short fiction work but this one absolutely delivers on the "Very Best of..." promise and, despite being the type of fan who complains that his favourite story isn't in the bunch, the picks are as good as you could hope for.
All of the stories included are Kiernan at the ...more
First of all I want to say that I ...more
A best of collection is a wonderful concept. Especially if you’re writer Caitlín R. Kiernan, who has published over two hundred and fifty short stories. This is her third ‘Best of’ collection, which speaks to the absolute wealth of her bibliography. For The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Tachyon and the author decided to draw stories from her limited-edition publications. This is great, because it gives us an opportunity to experience works that we may have ...more
The subjects are varied and ...more
There are plenty of writers who write genre fiction but it seems that still the stink of stigma stands. And that is too bad. To discuss the human condition sometimes means to go outside and contrast that with inhumans.
The ammonite violin, In view ...more
copy from @TachyonPub and voluntarily reviewed
I don’t think I’ve read the author before so didn’t know what to expect. I found this a very mixed bag of stories. I loved some and others really didn’t work me. This made a disjointed and disappointing reading experience. I expected this collection to be full of horror stories judging from the blurb but struggled to find one story to fit into this category. The stories that fell short for me included A Season ...more