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TOC: ‘Errantry: Strange Stories’ by Elizabeth Hand

Small Beer Press has posted the table of contents for Elizabeth Hand’s upcoming collection Errantry: Strange Stories :

Here’s the book description:

No one is innocent, no one unexamined in Shirley Jackson award-winning author Elizabeth Hand’s new collection of stories. From the mysterious people next door to the odd guy in the next office over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.

“Ten evocative novellas and stories whisper of hidden mysteries carved on the bruised consciousness of victims and victimizers. Memories and love are as dangerous as the supernatural, and Hand often denies readers neat conclusions, preferring disturbing ambiguity. The Hugo-nominated “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” marries science fiction and magical realism as three men recreate a legendary aircraft’s doomed flight for a dying woman. A grieving widow in “Near Zennor” unearths a secret of spectral kidnapping in an ancient countryside. “Hungerford Bridge,” a lesser piece, shares a secret that can only be enjoyed twice in one’s life. Celtic myth and human frailty entangle in the darkly romantic “The Far Shore.” The vicious nature of romantic love is dissected with expressionistic abandon in the dreamlike “Summerteeth.” Hand’s outsiders haunt themselves, the forces of darkness answering to the calls of their battered souls. Yet strange hope clings to these surreal elegies, insisting on the power of human emotion even in the shadow of despair. Elegant nightmares, sensuously told.”

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”
  2. “Near Zennor”
  3. “Hungerford Bridge”
  4. “The Far Shore”
  5. “Winter’s Wife”
  6. “Cruel Up North”
  7. “Summerteeth”
  8. “The Return of the Fire Witch”
  9. “Uncle Lou”
  10. “Errantry”

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (November 13, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1618730304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618730305
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