PRIZES:Short-listed for BSFA Award 2017 (UK)
Malcolm Devlin's You Will Grow Into Them is a collection of immaculately written tales that deftly mix darkness with a playful imagination. The results are stories that are as entertaining and humane as they are deeply unsettling. We need more stories in the world like these.Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of GhostsDevlin's collection, like Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney before it, is set to become one of the decade's landmarks of English weird.Nina Allan, author of The Race and The Rift This debut collection of stories by Malcolm Devlin is one of the best I've read in years. By turns subtle, tender and brutal, and full of the sort of beauty one only finds in the hear's darkest corner, You Will Grow Into Them made me both jealous and grateful. Stories like this are exactly why I love to read.Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters You Will Grow Into Them is filled with stories that are deceptively simple and perilously elegant. They look like fairy tales, but aren't really - In fact they are best described as a precise alchemy of language. Perfectly pitched, thoroughly disquieting, You Will Grow Into Them is like a light in the darkness that might lead you home or lure you from the path. Malcolm Devlin is one of our finest voices.Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible & Other RecountingsThe world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home.In Malcolm Devlin's debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the mundane. Childhood anxieties manifest as debased and degraded doppelgangers, fungal blooms are harvested from the backs of dancers and lycanthropes become the new social pariahs. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them.Taking weird fiction and horror and bending them into strange and wondrous new shapes, You Will Grow Into Them follows in the grand tradition of Aickman, Ligotti and Vandermeer, reminding us that the mundane world is a much stranger place than it seems.
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