We're fast approaching the release date for Kelly Link's landmark collection, Stranger Things Happen, which is accompanied by a 20,000 word bonus volume, Origin Stories.
As Bookslut notes…
The upcoming Subterranean Press limited edition release of Kelly Link's collection Stranger Things Happen, with two previously uncollected stories, is all the excuse I need to mention her epic tale "The Specialist's Hat." In fewer than fifteen pages, Link takes a babysitter and her two charges into the kind of tension-filled horror that moviemakers wish (dream!) they could duplicate. It's simple, it's subtle, and it's stunning. There is no gore and no blood, but the hint of violence is huge, and the possibility of what will happen, and the insinuation of what will happen, and the ending all combine to make storytelling magic. "The Specialist's Hat" is October, and Kelly Link is as good as it gets. Ray Bradbury would be proud.