Gillian Flynn’s Bone-Chilling New Story: THE GROWNUP

Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, is back with a short story called The Grownup. The Grownup is a chilling  ghost story about a suburban family in a Gothic Victorian home.

The nameless narrator is a young grafter woman. She works at a spiritual shop—in front they provide women with psychic readings; in back, they provide pleasure to men. One day, a disheveled woman, Susan, enters the shop and asks for help. Her house may be haunted, and her unusual stepson may have sinister intentions. Intending to use Susan as a conduit to other wealthy women interested in psychic house calls, the narrator agrees to help.

Once the narrator begins visiting the family and the home, however, eerily disturbing events and stories unfold…and things are not necessarily as they seem.

Listen to a clip from The Grownup read by Julia Whelan. The Grownup

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Love, Art, and Rebellion in THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO by Anthony Marra

I was a little disappointed to hear that Anthony Marra‘s follow-up to his stunning New York Times bestselling debut, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was a book of short stories entitled The Tsar of Love and Techno. I don’t normally love short story collections; it’s hard to find a collection where every story is truly memorable. I always feel the need to delve deeper into characters or situations. Needless to say, I was worried that would be the case with The Tsar of Love and Techno. I was completely wrong. In this collection, the characters and their stories are subtly intertwined, making it feel like one continuous, grand novel. Read more

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