The Twisted Ones

T Kingfisher (Author)
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Description

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother's home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.When Mouse's dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there's more--Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather's journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants...until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors--because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they're looking for you. And if she doesn't face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale. From Hugo Award-winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night--from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

Product Details

Price: $16.98  $15.62
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Published Date: October 01, 2019
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 5.5 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
ISBN: 9781534429567
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About the Author

T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon, an author from North Carolina. In another life, she writes children's books and weird comics. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Coyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections. This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups. Her work includes multiple fairy-tale retellings and odd little stories about elves and goblins. When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies. www.tkingfisher.com

Reviews

"Reads so fast and so effortless that you don't realize how in thrall you are to it. It's the sensation of being a little kid who stayed out too long past dinner and sure, you were having fun, but now it's a moonless night and the forest is dark and you are hopelessly lost. This is righteous, folkloric horror, and the devil is waiting in between these pages."--Chuck Wendig, NYT bestselling author of Blackbirds and Wanderers
"Innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling, T. Kingfisher isn't just breaking into the horror scene, she's breaking it down. With a hammer."--Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mira Grant
"A deliciously horrifying read. I adored it. In turns deeply human and uncanny, The Twisted Ones reads like the world's most terrifying episode of Hoarders. Don't sleep on it. In fact, be prepared to never sleep again."--Nebula Award-winning author Alyssa Wong
"The Twisted Ones is a weird, shimmering story told with sharpness and grace - somehow both wild fairy tale and quiet, personal horror in equal measure. It's a strange and lovely balance, expertly crafted for daytime laughter or nighttime trembles."--Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft.
"By turns warm, witty, and frightening, with a charming protagonist, a diverse and vibrant supporting cast, and -- best of all -- a noble, dimwitted dog. Fair warning: there is a razor in the center of this confection, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I won't be forgetting grandmother's house anytime soon."--Nathan Ballingrud, author of Wounds and North American Lake Monsters
"A dark fairy tale adventure for contemporary readers. Mouse is a great character and the journey is enchanting in the best way - full of terror and humor and friendship."--Jeffrey Ford, author of Ahab's Return and A Natural History of Hell
A Library Journal Best Horror Book of 2019
"...has [Peter S.] Beagle's knack for creating colorful, instantly memorable characters, and inhuman creatures capable of inspiring awe and wonder."--Jeffrey Ford, author of Ahab's Return and A Natural History of Hell "NPR Books, on THE SEVENTH BRIDE"
"She knows her genre and audience well enough to perfectly walk the line between comfortingly familiar and delightfully fresh and subversive."--Jeffrey Ford, author of Ahab's Return and A Natural History of Hell "SF Bluestocking, on THE SEVENTH BRIDE"
"The writing. It is superb. Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher, where have you been all my life?"--Jeffrey Ford, author of Ahab's Return and A Natural History of Hell "The Book Smugglers at Kirkus Reviews, on BRYONY & ROSES"
"Righteous, folkloric horror. The devil is waiting in between these pages."--Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling author "The Book Smugglers at Kirkus Reviews, on BRYONY & ROSES"
"This occult thriller with heart boasts genuine scares."--Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling author "Publishers Weekly"
Laden with cosmic fright, The Twisted Ones connects the foreboding of ancient folklore with the horrors of modern life. But it does so with a sharp, witty voice and a compelling first-person protagonist who finds herself precariously straddling worlds she never knew existed.--Jason Heller "NPR Books"
My favourite thing about the novel...is the unpredictability of how the story progresses, the subversion of the most common horror tropes. Fear not, we know from early on, given the framing narrative, that the dog survives.--Jason Heller "The Book Smugglers"
"A fresh spin on traditional [southern] gothic elements."--Jason Heller "Chicago Review of Books"