A history teacher begins his unorthodox senior course with clips from an ominous surveillance video, causing a student’s home life to deteriorate along with the lessons.
A girl with a second head that changes into different historical and fictional identities tries to find her father while figuring out how to handle Mom and the book club.
A blog documents society’s slow, unexplained, but inexorable end, or is it only a collection of pixel-sized paranoia?
A once-awkward teen holes up in a kiddie-themed amusement park after the end of the world, and schemes to take Cinderella’s Castle by force.
This collection by Paul Tremblay (author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock) features fifteen stories of fear and paranoia, stories of apocalypses both societal and personal, and stories of longing and coping.
Other CZP books by Paul Tremblay:
- My Bookish Ways interviews Paul Tremblay
- Clarkesworld Magazine interviews Paul Tremblay
- Weird Fiction Review interviews Paul Tremblay
- Paul Tremblay’s playlist for In the Mean Time on Largehearted Boy
- Paul Tremblay interviewed by Ty Schwamberger at Hellnotes
Praise for Paul Tremblay
“[Tremblay] tells the kinds of stories that reveal the truths nesting inside the things that scare us the most. If ever I find myself wandering through an apocalyptic darkness, I would trust Paul Tremblay to hold my flashlight.”
“Paul Tremblay is one of the most original authors writing today.”
—Upcoming 4 Me
“Paul Tremblay’s stories sneak up on you quietly and then . . . wow! You don’t know what hit you, but you like it. And you want more. Powerful, emotional and unforgettable; these are stories that work their way into your brain and into your heart. Highly recommended.”
—Ann Vandermeer, Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales
“If you’re a fan of the likes of Dennis Etchison, Donald Barthelme, Thomas Ligotti, or Kelly Link, you’ll love Paul’s work. In any case, scarf up his books, you can’t go wrong.”
—Tom Piccirilli, author of Every Shallow Cut
“Considering the quality of Tremblay’s short fiction, a collection like In The Mean Time is long overdue. There are a handful of authors which I consider are the writer’s writer: Jeffrey Ford, Jeff VanderMeer, Kij Johnson, Mary Robinette Kowal. Paul Tremblay easily belongs to that list, and this book proves it.”
—Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker
“When you enter the world of Paul Tremblay most anything can happen, and usually does.”
—Richard Thomas, The Nervous Breakdown
“Tremblay has a skilled way of writing stories that linger in the readers mind. He is able to take characters in out-of-the-ordinary situations and tell their tale in an unusual and relatable way. The stories leave the reader to speculate and wonder about the scenarios, characters, and eventual—but unwritten—outcomes.”
“Paul Tremblay is a storyteller of the highest order-edgy, sensitive, and fearless.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster and Songs for the Missing
“Paul Tremblay creates images of terror and wonder. Lean, mean, and just a bit on the nasty side, he’s a hardnosed prose stylist with a heavyweight punch. Tremblay is a bona fide contender.”
—Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence
“Tremblay more than proves that horror doesn’t have to be disgusting or gruesome—at least initially, and instead employs a more character-driven and subtle approach. If you’re willing to read between the lines, Tremblay’s fiction is one of the most horrific you’ll ever read.”
—Philippine Online Chronicles
“There’s always room for subtlety and elegance, even in genres like horror, and Paul Tremblay understands this. What makes his fiction remarkable is that it creeps up on you, instead of being transparent and overt.”
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