Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

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Farm is the mega-conglomerate food supplier for City, populated with rabidly bureaucratic superiors, and sexually deviant tour guides dressed in chicken and duck suits. City is sprawling, technocratic, and rests hundreds of feet above the coastline on the creaking shoulders of a giant wooden pier. When the narrator's mother disappears, he fears she has been deported under City to Pier.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 127 x 185 x 32.51mm | 270g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1926851692
  • 9781926851693
  • 1,584,834

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Praise for Paul Tremblay "When reading Swallowing a Donkey's Eye, be careful when you let your guard down--know that Tremblay is shaking his left fist, swinging that arm around, forcing your attention over here, so you don't see what he's doing over there, and then BAM, the uppercut, sending you sprawling to the canvas."
--The Nervous Breakdown

"[Tremblay] tells the kinds of stories that reveal the truths nesting inside the things that scare us the most. If ever I find myself wandering through an apocalyptic darkness, I would trust Paul Tremblay to hold my flashlight."
--Strange Horizons

"Paul Tremblay is one of the most original authors writing today."
--Upcoming 4 Me

"Paul Tremblay's stories sneak up on you quietly and then . . . wow! You don't know what hit you, but you like it. And you want more. Powerful, emotional and unforgettable; these are stories that work their way into your brain and into your heart. Highly recommended."
--Ann Vandermeer, Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales

"If you're a fan of the likes of Dennis Etchison, Donald Barthelme, Thomas Ligotti, or Kelly Link, you'll love Paul's work. In any case, scarf up his books, you can't go wrong."
--Tom Piccirilli, author of Every Shallow Cut

"When you enter the world of Paul Tremblay most anything can happen, and usually does."
--Richard Thomas, The Nervous Breakdown

"Tremblay has a skilled way of writing stories that linger in the readers mind. He is able to take characters in out-of-the-ordinary situations and tell their tale in an unusual and relatable way. The stories leave the reader to speculate and wonder about the scenarios, characters, and eventual--but unwritten--outcomes."

"Paul Tremblay is a storyteller of the highest order-edgy, sensitive, and fearless."
--Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster and Songs for the Missing

"Paul Tremblay creates images of terror and wonder. Lean, mean, and just a bit on the nasty side, he's a hardnosed prose stylist with a heavyweight punch. Tremblay is a bona fide contender."
--Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence

"Tremblay more than proves that horror doesn't have to be disgusting or gruesome--at least initially, and instead employs a more character-driven and subtle approach. If you're willing to read between the lines, Tremblay's fiction is one of the most horrific you'll ever read."
--Philippine Online Chronicles

"There's always room for subtlety and elegance, even in genres like horror, and Paul Tremblay understands this. What makes his fiction remarkable is that it creeps up on you, instead of being transparent and overt."
--Bibliophile Stalker
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About Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep, No Sleep Till Wonderland, and Swallowing a Donkey's Eye, and the short story collections Compositions for the Young and Old and In the Mean Time. He has published two novellas, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Five Chapters.com, and Best American Fantasy 3. He is the co-editor of four anthologies including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan).
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190 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 26% (49)
4 42% (79)
3 21% (39)
2 9% (18)
1 3% (5)
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