13 Views of the Suicide Woods

by Bracken MacLeod

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From the author of Mountain Home and Stranded, comes Bracken MacLeod’s first collection of short stories.

These stories inhabit the dark places where pain and resignation intersect, and the fear of a quiet moment alone is as terrifying as the unseen thing watching from behind the treeline. In the titular story, a young woman waits for her father to come home from the place where no one goes intending to return. A single word is the push that may break a man and save a life. The members of a winemaking community celebrate the old time religion found flowing in the blood of the vine. A desperate man seeking a miracle cure gets more than a peek behind the curtain of Dr. Morningstar’s Psychic Surgery. A child who dreams of escaping on leather wings finds rescue in dark water instead. Looking back over a life, a homeless veteran must decide to live in the present if he wants to save his future. In a Halloween Hell house, a youth pastor must face the judgment of a man committed to doing the Lord’s work. Fiery death heralds the beginning of a new life. A man who has been carrying pain with him his entire life gives up his last piece of darkness. And a still day beneath the sun illuminates the quiet sorrow of the last feather to fall.

ISBN: 9781771484114
eISBN: 9781771484121


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Praise for Bracken MacLeod

“The short fiction of another up-and-comer, Bracken MacLeod, feels far more horrific to me, although there’s almost nothing of the supernatural in his superb new collection. . . . There are pieces here that nod to distinguished ancestors like Ambrose Bierce’s ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,’ Flannery O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find’ and Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’—but none of those are conventional things-that-go-bump-in-the-night horror, either. What those stories, and MacLeod’s, have in common is a stifling sense of fatality, of people trapped in situations over which they have no control. And the power of inescapable fate is the essence of horror: the feeling for which every monster, large or small, is just a metaphor.”
The New York Times

“MacLeod’s prose is rich in detail, adding depth and color to each tale.”
Publishers Weekly

“MacLeod’s work . . . takes you to unexpected places and conclusions. You might laugh at a really bad decision and its denouement, smirk at the comeuppance of a vile character, cheer at well-deserved vengeance, or feel utterly despondent. It’s up to you to decide what you feel, and where. But then, that’s part of the fun of 13 Views of the Suicide Woods; it is an emotional treasure hunt.”
Diabolique Magazine

“A compelling collection of dark literature . . . [C]onsuming and highly entertaining. The blood is heavy and it is often.”
Unnerving Magazine

“I read the first story and couldn’t put the book down. MacLeod writes short fiction with the same powerful voice he uses for longer work, and the result is commanding literature that dances between genres and can go from poetic to sad to creepy to bizarre in just a couple of lines.”
—Gabino Iglesias, LitReactor

“A fine account and progression of a writer that is on an upward trajectory in the field of dark fiction. . . . 13 Views of the Suicide Woods is a fine, fine collection indeed. One you’d be foolish not to read.”
—The Ginger Nuts of Horror

13 Views of the Suicide Woods is a masterpiece collection of sorrows and horror . . . impactful and raw, never holding back where other[s] might. . . . MacLeod is a true talent and a master.”
—iHorror.com

“Bracken MacLeod writes dark, human stories of horror and modern noir. Absolutely one of the brightest stars of the next generation!”
—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Ararat

“MacLeod’s stories begin with a familiar sense of normalcy—the night out at the club, the visit to a friend’s home—but quickly nosedive into the sublimely weird and horrific, leaving his reader breathless and dazed. These tales are jagged, sharp, and will definitely leave a mark.”
—John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm, Shoebox Train Wreck, and Heaven’s Crooked Finger

“Beauty, anger, and the grotesque. These are the three ingredients I demand as a reader of dark fiction, and they are three that MacLeod provides in just the right amounts in this collection. An absolute stunner.”
—Adam Cesare, author of The Summer Job and Zero Lives Remaining

Stranded is a smart, surprisingly moving, first-rate thriller that chucks Martin Cruz Smith’s Polar Star down a Twilight Zone-esque rabbit role. Don’t mind my mixing metaphors because me fumbling around for proper words of praise is what the talented Bracken MacLeod has wrought.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock


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