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Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link

Stranger Things Happen cover
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  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-521-5
  • Length: 232 pages (main book); bonus volume 80 pages


Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Kathleen Jennings

Kelly Link has been called “the most impressive writer of her generation” by Peter Straub and “a national treasure” by Neil Gaiman. Publications from Time to the Village Voice, from Locus to Salon, have lauded her as wildly talented and widely influential. In 2001, Link caused the literary world to catch its breath with Stranger Things Happen, one of the first great single-author collections of the new century. When it debuted, the book broke new ground in fantastic literature, and still reads as fresh, provocative, and dazzlingly original.

These stories are strange, quirky, smart—and like no others. In “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” a dead man sends letters to his living wife. In “The Specialist's Hat,” the rhymes and games of two children and their babysitter come to define, but not explain, a uniquely haunted house. In “The Girl Detective,” the case of the tap-dancing bank robbers means a trip to the underworld. Among the eleven stories gathered here, readers will find dictators and extraterrestrials, an apocalyptic beauty pageant and two women named Louise.

Stories from Stranger Things Happen won Nebula, World Fantasy, and Tiptree Awards, and the volume garnered widespread acclaim. Link continues to earn accolades and find new readers with each story she publishes. In this special limited edition, revisit the collection that has already become a classic.

This special signed limited edition of Stranger Things Happen is accompanied by a separate collection, Origin Stories, which contains over 20,000 words of never-before-collected fiction.

Limited: 500 signed numbered two volume hardcover sets

Table of Contents

  • Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
  • Water Off a Black Dog's Back
  • The Specialist's Hat
  • Flying Lessons
  • Travels with the Snow Queen
  • Vanishing Act
  • Survivor's Ball, or, The Donner Party
  • Shoe and Marriage
  • Most of My Friends Are Two-Thirds Water
  • Louise's Ghost
  • The Girl Detective

Origin Stories (bonus volume)

  • Origin Story
  • Secret Identity

From The Los Angeles Times:
“This is one of the ways that publishers can distinguish the print work they do from the e-books they issue, focusing on creating an object that's worth having. And Link's work seems a great place to start.”