An audacious work of speculative fiction set in the workplace, this darkly funny debut upends our new COVID-era workplace—the virtual office.
SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE TYPING
by Calvin Kasulke
Doubleday, publication date TBD
Gerald, an employee of a New York-based PR firm, is working in a spreadsheet when he finds his consciousness uploaded into the company’s Slack channel. Despite his posts for help, his colleagues assume it’s an elaborate strategy to work from home. Gerald enlists his co-worker Pradeep to care for his body while they figure out how to reintegrate his consciousness. Plunging deeper into the Slack workspace—and becoming a more productive employee by the day—Gerald relies on Slackbot, the messaging service’s AI assistant, to help him navigate his new digital reality. But what happens when the Slackbot discovers a world (and an empty body) outside the Slack app? Meanwhile, Gerald’s co-workers scramble to stem the PR catastrophe that erupts after Bjärk dog food poisons Pomeranians across the country. Will their boss Doug discover that Tripp has been fucking new hire Beverley on Doug’s now-broken desk? Why does Lydia now hear an incessant howling that started on a work-from-home day? Is it possible for love to develop between two men when one is a disembodied consciousness? And what the hell does the :dusty-stick: emoji mean?
Calvin Kasulke is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow and is the creator of In This Economy?, an audio fiction series produced by BRIC Arts Media. Calvin’s writing and reporting have been featured in outlets including VICE, MEL Magazine, Electric Literature and BuzzFeed. Visit him online.
A monumental collection of short fiction from acclaimed master of horror and New York Times Bestselling author Peter Straub
by Peter Straub
Doubleday, February 2016
An American icon renowned for his bestselling novels, Peter Straub displays his full and stunning range in this crowning collection. He has consistently subverted the boundaries of genre for years, transcending horror and suspense to unlock the dark, unsettling, and troubling dissonances that exist on the edges of our perception. Straub’s fiction cracks the foundation of reality and opens our eyes to an unblinking experience of true horror, told in his inimitable and lush style with skill, wit, and impeccable craft.
With uncanny precision, Straub writes of the city and of the Midwest, of the depraved and of the righteous, of the working class and of the wealthy—nothing and no one is safe from the ever-present darkness that he understands so well. “Blue Rose” follows the cycles of violence and power through the most innocent among us, leading to a conclusion that is audacious and devastating. In the darkly satirical masterpiece “Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff,” a stern estate lawyer known as the Deacon hires a pair of “Private Detectives Extraordinaire” to investigate and seek revenge on his unfaithful wife. “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” follows a man and his much younger lover as they explore their decadent and increasingly sinister fantasies aboard a luxurious yacht on the remotest stretch of the Amazon River.
INTERIOR DARKNESS brings together sixteen stories from twenty-five years of dazzling excellence. It is a thrilling, highly entertaining, and terrifying testament to the prodigious talent of Peter Straub.
THE WINTER GIRL est un thriller sombre, palpitant, bien construit et terriblement envoûtant. Personne ne sortira indemne de ce récit habilement mené où se mêlent amour et horreur au cœur même d’une folie meurtrière :
A young couple moves to a Hamptons mansion to care for an ailing parent and become increasingly obsessed with the seemingly empty house next door. What begins as innocent curiosity quickly turns dark and harrowing as terrible secrets are discovered and their lives begin to unravel…
THE WINTER GIRL
by Matt Marinovich
Doubleday, January 2016
It’s winter time in the Hamptons: everything is quiet, with many of the homes shut for the season, and a couple is staying at the house of the wife’s father, who is dying from cancer and in the hospital. The husband, meanwhile, is unemployed, struggling to save his marriage, but also strangely obsessed with the house next door. The lights go off at the same time every night so he’s convinced no one is there. He checks it out with his wife and they find that something horrible has happened…but not in the way you imagine.
By turns eerie, darkly comic and vicious, THE WINTER GIRL pays with the notion of storytelling and how we craft our own versions of the truth.
Matt Marinovich is the author of STRANGE SKIES, a satire comedy, published by HarperCollins in 2007. THE WINTER GIRL is his first thriller.