Caitlin R. Kiernan is one of our foremost writers of dark, unsettling fiction, often with a supernatural element. In the complexity of her approaches and the tactile ways in which she makes the unreal seem real simple labels don't apply. Southern Gothic? Yes and no. Horror? Maybe, sometimes. Part of a larger tradition of questioning the unknowable? Absolutely.
Now this brilliant writer has a new collection out from Subterranean Press, The Ammonite Violin & Others, which Booklist called, "Brilliantly crafted, tightly woven, and memorable." The cover of the book was also recently featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly.
I was honored to be asked to contribute an introduction, part of which is reproduced below. I highly recommend picking up the collection.