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Two Worlds and In Between

By: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Narrated by: various narrators, Jayme Mattler, Helen Lloyd, Amy Landon, Lisa Flanagan, Sophie Amoss, Andrew Eiden, Kevin Kenerly, Paul Woodson, Gabra Zackman, Robert Fass, Brittany Pressley
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Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan presents a stunning retrospective of the first 10 years of the author’s work. It is a compilation of more than 200,000 words of short fiction, including many of her most acclaimed stories as well as some of the author’s personal favorites; several previously uncollected, hard-to-find pieces; her sci-fi novella, The Dry Salvages; and a rare collaboration with Poppy Z. Brite.

©2011 Caitlin R. Kiernan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A Good Entrance to Ms. Kiernan

Ms. Kiernan's work means a lot to me as a writer.

I often joke and declare that if I grow up, I want to write like Ms. Kiernan. To tell truth, nobody writes like Ms. Kiernan. Her work amazes me at how it takes normal situations like an ordinary puddle, and transforms it into something otherworldly, and even unnerving. She is at her best when she channels both HP Lovecraft, and Charles Fort.

I started with her novel SILK and then bought her first collection, TALES OF PAIN AND WONDER, finding myself head over heels in deep and abiding love for her short stories. To date, my favorite of hers is "To This Water (Johnstown, PA 1889)" It is a gutwrenching story of a young Hungarian emigree and how vile people can be in their hatred and bigotry. It is also a stunning story of revenge and how Ms. Kiernan weaves this journey, using the Johnstown flood as the backdrop, left me breathless and wanting more.

Her writing stands alone, despite being influenced by HP Lovecraft and Charles Fort, Ray Bradbury, Angela Carter and so many others.

She is, by far, my favorite contemporary writer and I highly recommend everything she writes, but if you are new to CRK, this is a great place to start.

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