Out There: Stories


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Random House
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Folk has written for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Zyzzyva. She's received support from the Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recently, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco. Out There is her first book.


"One could fancy Kate Folk as the literary love child of Kafka and Camus and Bradbury, if Kafka and Camus and Bradbury were penning episodes of Black Mirror, but that still wouldn't capture the blazing originality and exhilarating weirdness of her writing. From the moment you read these tales, you'll know you're in the presence of a singularly brilliant vision."--Chang-Rae Lee

"An assortment of stories so sharp and ingenious you may cut yourself on them while reading, like a drawer full of the most beautiful knives--Out There goes onto my shelf of favorite collections."--Kelly Link

"Kate Folk's stories inhabit otherworldly realms where exquisite language and beguiling characters excavate the very nature of love and existence."--Adam Johnson

"Extraordinary through-the-looking-glass tales, all delivered with a side of menace . . . Wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful, Kate Folk is a dazzling talent."--Karen Joy Fowler

"Wry, riveting, and ambitious, Out There manages to be both brilliantly inventive and emotionally resonant. Hilarious and unsettling, full of unforgettable voices and gleeful, exacting prose, this is a sharp and stylish debut."--Kimberly King Parsons

"Kate Folk is a literary swordsmith of feline dexterity."--Lisa Locascio

"The stories in this stunning debut are funny, fearless, and moving portraits of life shaped by the ever-widening shadow of technological progress."--Alex McElroy

"This collection of internet gothic fiction delighted, unsettled, and moved me in the best possible way."--Mary South

"With unassuming precision and casual beauty, these superbly crafted stories make uncanny meaning of our vacant moment."--Sarah McColl

"A masterclass in eeriness and perception, Out There brings our world into chilly focus through an exquisitely distorted lens."--Ayşegül Savaş

"Disturbing, alluring, dazzling, and creepy, Out There is a riveting collection that keeps you enthralled with every page."--Claire North

"Kate Folk is a refreshing new voice, utterly original and deliciously twisted."--Anna Bailey

"A wonderful absurdist collection that explores the vagaries of human connections . . . Perfectly balances compassion and caustics, and the author has an easy hand blending everyday terror with the humor that helps people swallow it. Folk impresses with her imagination as well as her insights."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Tightly constructed and spectacularly mind-bending [stories] ingeniously pair everyday challenges and outlandish predicaments, ranging from hilarious to terrifying."--Booklist (starred review)