The Insides

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Melville House Publishing
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5.4 X 0.8 X 7.4 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Jeremy P. Bushnell is the author of The Weirdness (Melville House). He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.


"With The Insides, Jeremy P. Bushnell doesn't so much mash genres together as slice them apart to find the filets. It's a literary urban fantasy with sharp things to say about the way we live now, darkened by a touch of Scandinavian thriller: rich and urgent and weird, a novel that defies categorization but demands to be consumed."
--Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

"The Insides begins with all the freewheeling magic and humor of The Weirdness, then ups the ante with danger, suspense, and rich emotional resonance. If you love fierce, witchy leading ladies, facing down evil, and traveling to strange realms that will explain your life before they haunt you forever, this is the book for you."
--Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to My Senses

"Everyone is after a magic knife in Jeremy Bushnell's gripping supernatural thriller. What's so special about this shard of a sword? It can cut through space and time....Each of the characters comes with a fascinating backstory--so intriguing...with a hopeful yet creepy ending." --The Washington Post

"Like Lev Grossman's The Magicians...The Insides is a book with magic in it but isn't actually about magic. A fast-paced quick read with intriguing characters, droll dialogue, and a clever conceit."

"Bushnell's excellent second novel...[is] an off-the-wall tale. The alternating protagonists translates into a very fast read, as does Bushnell's hyper-realistic prose." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] madcap tale about a retired street musician who puts her quick hands to use as a butcher, swearing off street performances for good. UNTIL! She discovers a magical knife, and gets wrapped up with a seedy crew that covets it." --Huffington Post

"A gritty and sometimes gruesome urban fantasy about magic and consequences." --Suvudu

"[L]ike a Gaiman novel, except grittier and messier." --Don't Mind the Mess

Praise for The Weirdness

"This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird . . . in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it."
--Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"Wonderfully weird and entertaining."

"Utterly charming, silly, and heartily entertaining."
--Boston Globe

"In many ways, this is an illuminating parable for these times . . . you'll just wish you had more of this delightful novel still left to read."
--San Francisco Bay Guardian