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Over cocktails an executive describes to a friend the disturbing history of a strangely potent guardian angel. A young mom tries to perfect and prolong her daughter's childhood with obsessive parenting. A critic's petty denouncement of an ingEnue's performance leads to a theatrical night of reckoning. A cult member makes nice for a parole board hearing years after committi ...more
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Published October 13th 2017 by JournalStone (first published 2017)
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Aaron
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Miskowski’s work at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthulhucon last year in Portland, Oregon. I picked up a copy of her short story “Stag in Flight” and am glad it didn’t get consigned to the Eternal To Read Pile (The pile. We shall not speak of the pile.) I was immediately drawn to her style and afterwards looked forward to reading more, now fulfilled with Strange is the Night.

 Strange is the Night collects thirteen of Miskowski’s short stories, including the aforementi
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David Bridges
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Strange Is The Night is a collection of 13 stories of what Miskowski does best. The book opens strong with a twilight zone style story called A.G.A. or “Avenging Guardian Angel” about a man who is discovering that all the awful things happening to people who have crossed him may not be a coincidence. This Many is a seriously eerie story about an uninvited guest at a children’s birthday party.

I had previously read a few of these stories, either
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Mike Thorn
"This book speaks on its own terms. Miskowski writes well about the tedium and anxiety of work (as seen in 'Death and Disbursement' and 'Fur'); she unveils the vile ignorance and delusions of misogynistic men (most notably in the aforementioned 'A.G.A.' and 'Strange is the Night'); she writes frequently and insightfully about regret and memory and the complicated correspondence between expectation and reality. She attends to all of these thematic threads with artistry and formidable intelligence ...more
The Gehenna Post
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a daring, horrific collection, S.P. Miskowski has wowed again with stories of variety, and a keen understanding of the art of quiet horror. Miskowski understands how quickly a reader can be lost, how easily their attention can be swayed or distracted, her utilization of crisp prose and nightmarish imagery ensuring her grasp on the human conscience is always taut and rigid. Through 13 tales, the author takes the readers on a roller coaster ride through a collage of dreamy, often disturbing, ch ...more
William Tea
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
***this review originally appeared on The Ginger Nuts of Horror website***

Reading an S.P. Miskowski story is a lot like being in one. While engaged in a seemingly mundane, everyday act, you gradually feel an increasing unease creeping up your spine. It’s subtle enough that you think you can shake it, but you can’t, and soon enough that unease gives birth to dizzying paranoia. By the time you’ve wised up enough to what’s going on to recognize that said paranoia is not unwarranted, you’re all too
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Laura Sestri
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thirteen stories here collected strike each one differently: they capture the reader’s imagination from the first to the last word, involving him in a realistic and well-finished setting without resorting to long descriptions; they also involve the reader with their characters which are different and yet somehow alike. These are human figures who feel a sense of frustration, unsuitableness or solitude, frightful or frightened, who act and suffer in a reality that is a true reflection of toda ...more
Karen Heuler
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kind of horror I like is insidious, incremental, mundane. I like how a birthday party for a child can hold a terror for the future, a fear that can’t be argued away, how a conversation between friends can end in dread. I like it because life is strange and maddening and people wear expressions like masks and live life like a mask. Miskowski’s stories blend horror and crime, and it’s obvious they were meant for each other, a marriage of convenience that turned into necessity. There’s somethin ...more
Garryvivianne
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A few strange stories, some VERY VERY strange. Makes for good reading.
Tea
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I love the name of this book and I enjoyed the stories in it.
Kristy Engel
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were definitely stories in this collection that held my interest more than others, but on the whole an interesting read. Easy to read.
Dan
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Miskowski is a promising author of weird fiction with lots of good stories in her first collection right here. I feel like the collection is more than the sum of its parts and I particularly praise the fact that rather than writing homages to other weird writers of the past she is confident enough to cultivate her own unique style.

Fur (6/10)
AGA (7/10)
This Many (7/10)
The Second Floor (7/10)
Lost and Found (3/10)
Death and Disbursement (8/10)
Strange is the Night (4/10)
Somnambule (7/10)
Stag in Flig
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S.P. Miskowski is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Her stories have been published in Supernatural Tales, Black Static, Identity Theory, Strange Aeons and Eyedolon Magazine, and in numerous anthologies including Haunted Nights, The Madness of Dr. Caligari, October Dreams 2, Autumn Cthulhu, The Hyde Hotel, Darker Companions: Celebrating 50 Years of Ramsey Campbell, Ta ...more