Ideas drive the narrative in all Terence Hawkins's work. His first novel, The Rage of Achilles, is a deeply researched account of the Iliad that describes a Trojan War as it really happened, informed by the theory of the bicameral mind--now the basis for HBO's Westworld. His second, American Neolithic, explores a dystopian near-future America from the point of view of the last surviving Neanderthals, who live in an abandoned warehouse on the Lower Easy Side. In naming it a Year's Best, Kirkus Reviews called it "a towering work of speculative fiction."
These stories test the boundaries of science and superstition, reason and faith. They are for readers who can't wait for the next season of Black Mirror and think the best thing about New Year's is the Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy.
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"These thirteen powerful, well-crafted stories by Hawkins (American Neolithic, 2019) have been aptly compared to The Twilight Zone: they offer a similar sense of dread and moral disquiet. These are tales of how things go wrong. Though it is marketed as a speculative fiction title, fewer than half are explicitly sf. . . . In the end, though, genre is irrelevant. Hawkins tells tales that fascinate him, and they provide a beautiful reading experience." -- Booklist
"Turning's Graveyard is a collection of provocative and mesmerizing short stories that force the reader to confront the nature of life and death, intimacy and indifference and even the boundaries of reality itself. Hawkins writes with a passionate indifference about his characters and their experiences that perfectly encapsulates the isolation and disconnectedness of modern life. Brilliant." - Tonya Hurley New York Times and international bestselling author.
"Extraordinary stories that will make readers laugh, shiver, or perhaps both." -- STARRED Kirkus Review.