The Janus Tree and Other Stories by Glen Hirshberg

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* A young girl, lying in the way-back of a station wagon during an all-night family road trip, becomes convinced that the people up front are no longer her parents.

* A dutiful Jewish nephew slowly comes to understand--and fear--his aging aunts' obsession with the exotic animals wandering loose on a nearby farm in suburban Baltimore.

* A Japanese immigrant, isolated in a California mountain town while caring for her dying husband, begins seeing Tall Things in the corners of her house. Whisperers. They tell her they are coming to live in her mouth.

* And in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning title novelette, a decaying mining town in Montana provides the backdrop for a desperate battle between a troubled, pugnacious pre-teen, the bully who has terrorized him, and the much more sinister force neither child realizes has come for them.

Welcome back to Glen Hirshberg country, where griefs are at least as dangerous as ghosts. Where terror and wonder become not just inextricable but often indistinguishable. Where the worlds of imagination and everyday reality color and corrode and sometimes overwhelm each other.

A country surprisingly like your own.

About Glen Hirshberg

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GLEN HIRSHBERG was born in 1966 and attended Columbia University. He received his MFA and MA from the University of Montana. Hirshberg is the author of The Snowman's Children. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published January 31, 2012 by Subterranean. 232 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Notable selections include "You Become the Neighborhood," a crazed mother's retelling of a traumatic event in her old apartment building, and the Shirley Jackson Award–winning title story about a lonely teen, a violent and troubled bully, and the ghostly town they live in.

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City Book Review

Books and movies seem to feel overwhelming with the amount of in your face gore, monsters, and the odd, so much so that one can feel a bit jaded.

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SF Site

And The Janus Tree and Other Stories delivers with a striking and enjoyable mix of stories that showcases Hirshberg's uniquely personable brand of horror, in which external menaces are eclipsed by the inner demons that drive our deepest fears.

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Strange Horizons

189)—and the fact that they are subtitled "The First Book Depository Story" and "The Second Book Depository Story" suggest that Hirshberg intends to write more in this world, and they would feel more at home in a collection focused on that world.

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