“Here is how monstrous humans are.”
A sentient, murderous prosthetic leg; shadowy creatures lurking behind a shimmering wall; brutal barrow men—of all the terrors that populate The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell, perhaps the most alarming are the beings who decimated the habitable Earth: humans. In this new short story collection, Brian Evenson envisions a chilling future beyond the Anthropocene that forces excruciating decisions about survival and self-sacrifice in the face of toxic air and a natural world torn between revenge and regeneration. Combining psychological and ecological horror, each tale thrums with Evenson’s award-winning literary craftsmanship, dark humor, and thrilling suspense.
“[A] towering collection of nightmarish horror, sci-fi parables, and weird tales. . . . ‘Once I take you there,’ ends another story, ‘you'll have a hard time dragging yourself away.’ The same could be said of Evenson's unforgettable work, drawn from the darkest corners of the imagination and nearly impossible to forget.” —Publisher's Weekly, starred review
“Though Evenson shares some DNA with bygone sci-fi delights like Robert Aickman and the O.G. Twilight Zone, his economical sentences and icy storytelling keep readers at arm’s length, even as the air starts thinning and the room goes dark. Honestly, is there anything scarier than a narrator who doesn’t care?” —Patrick Rapa, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Imbued with the same appreciation for the odd and macabre that made Last Days such a memorable novel. . . . A collection of unnerving horror fiction, one that reminds readers that Brian Evenson is one of the genre’s most talented horror writers.” —Ian Mond, Locus
The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell: Stories by Brian Evenson
Coffee House Press 2021