An aimless driver in the mountains comes upon something that’s both more and less than he hoped for. A child discovers why you should always stay in bed if you wake up in the middle of the night. A homeowner unpacks the wrong bag of groceries, and comes to suspect his neighbors might have secrets he doesn’t want to know. A cable shopping channel presenter is confronted with disgruntled customers from a VERY long way out of town ... and a man sets himself to rid the world of one of its most famous lies, and winds up destroying himself instead.
Michael Marshall Smith’s last short story collection was hailed as 'stellar' by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) and a 'major publishing event' by Ellen Datlow, and it won the International Horror Guild Award. You’re invited to return to the short fiction of New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author Michael Marshall Smith: it is Everything You Need.
This satisfying collection of 17 stories, five of which are originals, showcases Smith's knack for the uncanny. Smith (Spares; More Tomorrow & Other Stories) pulls together dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction, with each piece taking place in a world just one step away from our own so familiar, and yet, at the same time, not quite right. Highlights include "Walking Wounded," in which a man suffers from mysterious and alarming injuries soon after a move across town; "The Seventeenth Kind," featuring a charismatic host on a home shopping network whose levelheadedness is pushed to its limits; and "The Good Listener," a melancholy near-future journey through California's Bay Area. The collection gets off to an awkward start: the settings in the first two stories don't quite gel, and "Unbelief" is more clever than it is entertaining. Once they get rolling, though, these moody stories will draw in anyone with an interest in the strange.