Dale Bailey has written a literary puzzle box that deftly mixes scary/nasty folktales of the 19th century and Daphne du Maurier’s classic ‘Don’t Look Now.’ In the Night Wood is an affecting, weighty, and haunting book about the shackles of grief.
–Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
In the Night Wood taps into the oldest, darkest roots of the fairy tale tradition, presenting the story of a family in crisis while steered by the pagan energies of a wilder age. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Once again, Dale Bailey proves he’s among the best writers we have.
–Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters
Throughout all these fictions, however varied their subject matter or atmosphere, Bailey exhibits his compassion for and comprehension of his characters, his inerrant sense of choosing just the right words, and his determination to make all the matter of fantastika over afresh. Such a book makes one hope that our genre still has a future. Locus
Every story . . . is a leap off the cliff. Bailey chooses his cliffs with care, reimagining standard science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes with marvelous physicality, quiet compassion for his characters, and language whose sharpness we barely feel till we look down to see blood flowing from the cut. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Bailey takes on every aspect of campus life with razor-sharp glee, especially the all-too-common elevation of sports over academics, and the unforgiving hierarchy of academia. Alex’s metamorphosis, from basically decent to completely unhinged, is both terrifying and fascinating, and the utterly chilling ending is nothing less than fitting. Publishers Weekly
If tension and existential dread are your thing, you’ll feel The Subterranean Season cut through you like a rusty meat clever.
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