Seven Crow Stories

by Robert J. Wiersema

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A mysterious young woman rises from the sea . . . the ghostly wife of a country singer follows her husband from town to town, exactly a peculiar vengeance . . . a hitchhiker grants a boon to the young man who picks her up . . . the disappearance of a young boy changes the life of his older brother . . . the last circus comes to Henderson . . . the wildly successful prodigal son returns to the town where he grew up to find his first love waiting for him . . . an expectant mother is tormented by a crying within the walls of her home. . . . In his debut collection, Seven Crow Stories, bestselling novelist Robert J. Wiersema draws on myth and folktale, ghost stories and fairy tales to share a glimpse of the worlds bordering our own. With his short fiction, Wiersema explores the mysterious realms of the shadows, the mirrorlands where time runs strange. Reminiscent of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Neil Gaiman, these stories are truly unique, truly Wiersema’s own, explorations of the human heart pushed to its very limits, and beyond. These tales are a reminder that Wiersema is, as the Montreal Gazette says, “one of our most promising and original voices.”

ISBN: 9781771483957
eISBN: 9781771483964


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Praise for Seven Crow Stories

“This evocative short story collection is Wiersema’s first; his novels (Black Feathers and others) likewise often contain a lyrical seam of fantasy. “Grateful” acts as an introduction to this anthology and presents the leitmotif that colors the seven remaining stories: life-changing decisions. Phantoms, alternate worlds, and the fear of being ordinary entwine with and enrich this theme. Readers will find meetings with the devil in “Crossroad Blues,” and with ghosts in “Tom Chesnutt’s Midnight Blues,” “The Crying in the Walls,” and “The Small Rain Down.” The story “Blessing” gives readers a glimpse of primordial magic, while “The Last Circus” presents them with magic of a very different sort. . . . His charming, conversational reflections on the genesis of the tales, this collection, and the writing process enhance the eerily entertaining fiction.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The World More Full of Weeping

“[H]aunting . . . seamlessly blends literary fiction with mythic fantasy to create a lyrical, surreal and deeply melancholic reading experience.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for Black Feathers

“It’s a tale that’s both intoxicatingly bloody and bloody superb.”
Rue Morgue

“[A] disturbing and disconcertingly good read.”
Quill & Quire

Praise for Bedtime Story

“. . . a ripping fantasy quest . . . Wiersema mesmerizes with this artful telling of two interlocking tales . . . resolving in a way that will no doubt attract Hollywood producers. (John Cusack or Nicolas Cage could play the hangdog dad.) All this makes Bedtime Story a page-turner.”
Maclean’s Magazine

Praise for Before I Wake

“Wiersema has crafted a literary supernatural thriller that grips the reader in a chokehold and doesn’t let go until the very last line. . . . Before I Wake is a classic thriller: creepy in all the right places and deliciously suspenseful. Beyond that, it has great emotional depth and resonance. It is a story about good versus evil, faith versus faithlessness, redemption and the cost of miracles. . . . A unique, spellbinding, and ultimately uplifting gem.”
The Globe and Mail

Before I Wake is deceptively easy to read because it is so well written and so emotionally engaging. It is not, however, an easily forgotten book. It will haunt you long after you’ve lent it to a friend. And lend it you will, because it is just too good not to share.”
National Post


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