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Out There

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Out There by Kate Folk
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Dec 06, 2022 | ISBN 9780593231487

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Out There is for readers who consider body horror to be a love language. True romantics will swoon either despite or because of the gore that accompanies these sharp, affable stories . . . Folk’s stories have been compared to Shirley Jackson’s, and this is most apparent in the way Folk balances her horror with humor.”The New York Times Book Review

“[The short story] Out There originally ran in the New Yorker and was something of a viral sensation. Fans of the story won’t be disappointed by the collection, which also explores a gendered territory somewhere in the borderlands of magical realism, weird horror, sci-fi and literary fiction about jaded relationships.”Los Angeles Times

“Folk’s ample imagination ably . . . offer[s] a perfect encapsulation of our modern madnesses, like an Alice’s looking glass for our social media–obsessed age.”Chicago Review of Books

“[Folk] writes witty, cinematic fiction that merges familiar scenarios with uncanny menace [and] capably captures the lunacy of the moment we’re living through.”San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s something of the comedy of manners to these stories, as well as others in the collection. But there’s also a bleaker undercurrent…. And Folk is more than willing to venture to the more unsettling corners that some of these stories’ premises take her…. Folk covers a lot of stylistic ground in this collection…. [an] immersive, chilling debut.”Tor Online

“Kate Folk’s short stories are wonderfully weird; playfully pushing the possibilities of plotlines towards the uncanny, creepy and off-kilter, they have a seam of dark humor that illuminates the grotesquery with an unnerving beauty.”The Daily Mail

Out There . . . speaks to the current social media moment almost too well…. Folk often uses dread itself as her twist . . . never quite knowing when to expect the worst (or weirdest) the social technology of her near-future world has to offer.”Paste

“[Folk] builds worlds that hover chillingly between ours and unfettered imagination. Her writing is uncanny and unsentimental and comic, a funhouse mirror showing us how strange we truly are.”Electric Lit

“Kate Folk’s stories inhabit otherworldly realms where exquisite language and beguiling characters excavate the very nature of love and existence.”—Adam Johnson

“Wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful, Kate Folk is a dazzling talent.”—Karen Joy Fowler

“Wry, riveting, and ambitious, Out There manages to be both brilliantly inventive and emotionally resonant.”—Kimberly King Parsons

“Kate Folk is a literary swordsmith of feline dexterity.”—Lisa Locascio

“The stories in this stunning debut are funny, fearless, and moving portraits of life shaped by the ever-widening shadow of technological progress.”—Isle McElroy

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