Book: The Panic Hand

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The Panic Hand

Author: Jonathan Carroll
Publisher: St Martins Pr

Through the course of his eight unforgettable novels, Jonathan Carroll has earned comparisons to writers as diverse as Herman Hesse, Stephen King, Mark Helprin, Shirley Jackson, C. S. Lewis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and John Milton. As this volume of shorter fiction demonstrates, however, Jonathan Carroll is one of a kind.

The twenty stories collected here transmit the same intense charges of intellect and emotion that characterize Carroll’s longer works. Among the many pleasures are:. “Friend’s Best Man”—An award-winning story about a dog that teaches its owner the real and very frightening meaning of “The Animal Kingdom;” “Black Cocktail”—A short novel about a high-school kid who never grew up—literally;. “The Sadness of Detail”—What are we to do when contacted by angels? What are we to do when one makes an offer we can’t refuse?; and. “A Flash in the Pants “—Original to this volume—a story about a beautiful stranger and a house that remembers all too well its previous owners.


“I want you frowning now, knowing something is very wrong with your parachute even before actually pulling the cord and praying it opens. P.S. It won’t.” So Jonathan Carroll addresses his readers in this much-awaited collection of 20 stories. Author of several wry and dark novels, Carroll has a considerable following, but his books are difficult to pigeonhole, so some horror and fantasy readers are still unfamiliar with him. This collection shows off his talents admirably, in tales that range from bittersweet sadness over God’s failing memory, to a disturbing friendship between a dog and a dying child, to a macabre fantasy about how men and women manipulate each other. As The New York Times put it, “Carroll’s world is one that is subtly out of kilter, and which can take a turn for the sinister at any time.” This volume is winner of the 1996 Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story Collection.

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