The Curator


Product Details

$28.99  $26.96
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
5.98 X 9.06 X 1.73 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Owen King is the author of the novel Double Feature and We're All in This Together: A Novella and Stories. He is the coauthor of Sleeping Beauties and Intro to Alien Invasion and the coeditor of Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, the writer Kelly Braffet, and their daughter.


Praise for The Curator

"[The Curator] has its own smooth lyricism and evocative imagery, helping the book's pages turn quickly. King has a knack for colorful metaphors and thoughtfully considered perspective. This novel is richly imagined." --The New York Times

"Sprawling, densely populated, intricately plotted... with vivid prose, excellent minor characters, and a scrappy, every-which-way inventiveness. Dickens novel meets Hieronymus Bosch painting--dark, chaotic fun." --Kirkus, *starred review*
"A fantastical panorama of twists and turns... King's latest is a masterpiece of storytelling." --Library Journal "The Curator begins like an alternate-world history, with the rich detail and varied cast of characters giving it an almost Dickensian tone. A tempting brew of realism, fantasy, whimsy and terror." --The Guardian

"King's world is part moody Victorian, part Terry Pratchett, with a lot to discover alongside its plucky main character. The Curator is a true curio of a book." "A delightful new fantasy... King's novel feels like the heir to Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels." --Crime Reads

"The Curator sweeps us away to a unique fantasy world... a leisurely paced ride through the back alleys and canals of King's fertile, creative mind. If you're the kind of person who visualizes the settings of books as you read, you're in for a treat." --The Bangor Daily News
"An impeccably crafted, wildly imaginative world... at once fantastical and yet grounded in a too-familiar reality of corrosive greed and power grabs. With dark humor and a keen eye for detail, King invites readers into a genre-defying narrative that asks readers to imagine what might be and what could be, as a woman stands between two worlds of her own, asking the same." --Shelf Awareness

"King's strange, terrifying novel is part gothic thriller and part absurd, Bulgakovesque government satire. Wildly creative, this novel weaves and dips into class struggle and resentment, dark comedy, and bittersweet romance that will delight fans of twisty dark fantasies." --Booklist "It's a complex, engaging, surprising historical fantasy that I applaud King for keeping under 500 pages, as it could have easily run twice as long in the hands of a less focused writer." --Polygon "King expands his 2014 short story of the same name with arresting results in this Victorian-esque fantasy that contains moments of both horror and humor." --Publishers Weekly "The Curator feels a little like Owen King somehow brought a curiosity cabinet to life. There are terrors here, but also marvels and delights, and a set of the most interesting characters I've met in some time. Put The Curator on the same shelf as other classics of the uncanny and uncategorizable, like Susanna Clarke's Piranesi and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast. I loved it." --Kelly Link, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Get in Trouble "Half fairy tale and half historical account of a revolution that never was, Owen King's The Curator is full of sly humor, sensuality, and strangeness." --Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book of Night "Owen King's The Curator is a rich read. Language, characters, and a fascinating world combine to create an intensely satisfying experience." --Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Easy Death, and the Sookie Stackhouse series