McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories by Michael Chabon

By Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is again with a brand-new assortment that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning culture of literary brief tales, that includes Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!

Margaret Atwood- Lusus Naturae

David Mitchell- What you don't know You Want

Jonathan Lethem- Vivian Relf

Ayelet Waldman - Minnow

Steve Erickson- Zeroville

Stephen King- Lisey and the Madman

Jason Roberts - 7C

Heidi Julavits- The Miniaturist

Roddy Doyle - The Child

Daniel Handler - Delmonico

Charles D’Ambrosio - The Scheme of Things

Poppy Z. Brite - The satan of Delery Street

China Mieville- experiences of convinced occasions in London

Joyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi–a del Mar

Peter Straub - Mr. Aickman’s Air Rifle

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He fell silent. Later that night he saw her again, across two rooms, through a doorway. The party had grown. She was talking to someone new, a man, not her friends. He felt he still recognized her, but the sensation hung uselessly in a middle distance, suspended, as in amber, in doubt so thick it was a form of certainty. She irked him, that was all he knew. It was two years before he saw the familiar girl again, at another party, again in the hills. They recognized one another immediately. "I know you," she said, brightening.

Totally unfamiliar. I'm Doran Close. " Doran felt irritable, reluctant to let go of it, possibly humiliated, in need of a drink. " It gave him a queasy, earth-shifty sensation. As though he'd come through the door of the party wrong, on the wrong foot. Planted a foot or flag on the wrong planet: one small step from the foyer, one giant plunge into the abyss. " This was now a matter of pure vertigo, cliffside terror. He didn't hold it against Vivian Relf, though. She was his fellow sufferer. It was what they had in common, the sole thing.

But only maybe. " "Vivian Relf. Totally unfamiliar. I'm Doran Close. " Doran felt irritable, reluctant to let go of it, possibly humiliated, in need of a drink. " It gave him a queasy, earth-shifty sensation. As though he'd come through the door of the party wrong, on the wrong foot. Planted a foot or flag on the wrong planet: one small step from the foyer, one giant plunge into the abyss. " This was now a matter of pure vertigo, cliffside terror. He didn't hold it against Vivian Relf, though. She was his fellow sufferer.

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