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Six Stories from the Border of Hell
Nathan Ballingrud: Wounds

In his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud carved out a distinctly singular place in American fiction with his “piercing and merciless” (Toronto Globe and Mail) portrayals of the monsters that haunt our lives—both real and imagined: “What Nathan Ballingrud does in North American Lake Monsters is to reinvigorate the horror tradition” (Los Angeles Review of Books).

Now, in Wounds, Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, strange, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, including one new novella. From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in “The Visible Filth” to the search for the map of hell in “The Butcher’s Table,” Ballingrud’s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.


Saga Press, 2019
288 oldal · keménytáblás · ISBN: 1534449922

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Do you know what skullpocket is, children?
Yes, yes!
I do!
Excellent! In case any of you aren’t sure, skullpocket is a favorite game of
ghouls everywhere. In simple terms, you take a skull and kick it back and forth
between your friends until it cracks to pieces. Whoever breaks it is the loser of
the game and has to eat what they find inside its pocket. And what is that,
The brain!
That’s right! It’s the brain, which everyone knows is the worst bit. It’s full of
all the gummy old sorrows and regrets gathered in life, and the older the brain
is, the nastier it tastes. While the loser eats, other players will often dance in a
circle around him and chant. And what do they chant?
“Empty your pockets! Empty your pockets!” the children shout.
Yes! You must play the game at a run, and respect is given to those who
ricochet the skull off a gravestone to their intended target, increasing the risk of
breaking it. Of course, you don’t have to do that—you can play it safe and just
bat it along nicely—but nobody likes a coward, do they, children? For a regular
game, people use adults’ skulls that have been interred for less than a year. More
adventurous players might use the skull of an infant, which offers a wonderful

49. oldal, Skullpocket

Nathan Ballingrud: Wounds Six Stories from the Border of Hell

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