Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

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Weird, wicked, spooky and delicious, Pretty Monsters is a book of tall tales to keep you up all night. Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where ghosts of girlfriends past rub up against Scrabble-loving grandmothers with terrifying magic handbags, wizards sit alongside morbid babysitters, and we encounter a people-eating monster with a sick sense of humour.

This edition also features a brand new story, 'The Cinderella Game'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 287g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847677843
  • 9781847677846
  • 306,431

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Wonderfully odd and original [and] very scary indeed. Sarah Waters
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Wonderfully odd and original [and] very scary indeed. -- Sarah Waters Intoxicating. These stories will come alive, put on zoot suits, and wrestle you to the ground. They want you and you will be theirs. -- Alice Sebold Kelly Link is the literary descendant of Jorge Luis Borges and Franz Kafka. -- Audrey Niffenegger Funny, moving, tender, brave and dangerous. She is unique, and should be declared a national
treasure, and possibly surrounded at all times by a cordon of armed marines. -- Neil Gaiman Link's stories play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and JK Rowling. * * Time * * Has plenty to tangle the imagination and leaves some endings tantalisingly hanging in the dark air. * * Daily Mail * * Against a backdrop of recognisable Americana, anything might happen, and usually does. * * The Observer * * brimming with singular observations and arresting takes on veryday lives, characters and's a rollercoaster read * * Books for Keeps * *
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About Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of two previous collections, Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. Her stories have won three Nebula awards, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award. She was born in Miami, Florida, and once won a free trip around the world by answering the question, 'Why do you want to go around the world?' ('Because you can't go through it.')

Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and play ping-pong. In 1996 they started the occasional zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.
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Rating details

274 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 31% (85)
4 39% (106)
3 22% (60)
2 7% (19)
1 1% (4)
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