Distilled through the occluded lens of weird fiction, Michael Kelly’s third collection of strange tales is a timely and cogent examination of grief, love, identity, abandonment, homelessness, and illness. All cut through with a curious, quiet menace and uncanny melancholy.
Advance Praise for All the Things We Never See
“The stories in Michael Kelly’s All the Things We Never See balance on the delicate knife edge of the weird, taking place at the moment of incision, just before the blood rushes to the cut. Full of quiet menace and strangeness, with characters bound into odd relationships both to the world and themselves, relationships they themselves often fail to understand, this is weird fiction at is finest.” — Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
“Michael Kelly’s sharp collection of uncanny stories will leave you questioning your relationships, your identity, and reality itself. These stories dig between your ribs and place a cold finger on your heart.” — Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World, and A Head Full of Ghosts
“After having nurtured a sterling reputation as a curator of weird fiction, Michael Kelly here reminds us that he’s one of its best practitioners, too. ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SEE is eerie and unsettling in the best ways, subverting reality and turning it back on itself, questioning the very earth under your feet. In the end, you’re left not scared so much as uncertain, even vulnerable—your throat exposed to unseen forces.” — Nathan Ballingrud, author of Wounds, and North American Lake Monsters
This collection from editor and author Kelly (also the owner of Undertow) is everything weird fiction should be. Hovering between the uncanny and the disturbing, these 31 tales unsettle and destabilize, and Kelly captures a deep-rooted existential anxiety and plays with the reader's primal fears. In the gripping "The Face That Looks Back at You," a couple desperately try to rebuild their relationship even as they lose their hold on themselves. "A Crack in the Ceiling of the World" is one man's journey from one post-apocalyptic world to another. A couple's first date goes eerily awry in "Blink," which blends horror and metafiction. "Some Other You" is an exercise in dissociation as a man's senses of purpose and self unravel. While some pieces, such as "The Wounded Bird" and "October Dreams," evoke a more melancholic atmosphere, at the heart of Kelly's fiction is a deep mistrust of reality. His ability to upend the reader's sense of expectation is truly top notch, and fans of weird fiction will delight in every word.