Song for the Unraveling of the World

Song for the Unraveling of the World

A newborn's absent face appears on the back of someone else's head, a filmmaker goes to gruesome lengths to achieve the silence he's after for his final scene, and a therapist begins, impossibly, to appear in a troubled patient's room late at night. In these stories of doubt, delusion, and paranoia, no belief, no claim to objectivity, is immune to the distortions of human A newborn's absent face appears on the back of someone else's head, a filmmaker goes to gruesome lengths to achieve the si...

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Title:Song for the Unraveling of the World
Author:Brian Evenson
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1566895480
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Song for the Unraveling of the World Reviews

  • Lori
    May 12, 2019
    Brian Evenson is the king of creepy fiction and this collection deftly displays his range - from science to speculative fiction and the more subtle paranoia of mental horror genres, every story packs a powerful punch. Eerie and urgent, these stories are drenched in ambiguity and dread....
  • Matt Chic
    Jul 24, 2019
    Great horror collection! And I say this as someone who struggles with short stories (either cuz I want more to the story or said story gets lost in the shuffle). There were a couple I skimmed over, but for the most part I like everything he offered up. Concise, but engaging. Looking fo...
  • Sarah Etter
    Feb 23, 2019
    Stark, impactful sentences - great to see Evenson at the top of his form from the first story to the last. Always inspiring to see how much he can accomplish in a compressed space, adding power to his surrealism and an ache to the loneliness of his characters. Still the master. ...
  • Ryan Bradford
    Jul 29, 2019
    So inventive, as always. Felt this collection wasn't as tight as Collapse of Horses, but some of my favorite stories are in this one ("Sisters" is lovely and funny and dark af). Many of these stories operate on a circular logic, and it's a thrilling journey, but sometimes the endings f...
  • Adam
    Jul 02, 2019
    This collection is very similar to A Collapse of Horses, but not quite as good overall. There are too many stories, and too many of them are very similar or too thin to land. Evenson has an obsession with Lovecraftian scifi shorts that all feel exactly the same to me and none of them r...
  • David Agranoff
    Jun 08, 2019
    Maybe this is not the most appropriate time to write an elegy for a writer but hear me out. I know we have lots and lots of years left of Brian Evenson stories but last week we lost Dennis Etchison. If you are not familiar with Dennis he was a writer who despite a few novels, screenpla...
  • Matthew Burris
    Jun 22, 2019
    I never like short story books. I liked this one. Good eerie, weird dark? short stories. ?Trigger Warnings? is fun to read out loud. ...
  • Benoit Lelièvre
    Jul 06, 2019
    Brian Evenson doesn't exaclty break new ground here, but he knows what he's good at and he does it better than anyone else. This collection explores Evenson's familiar themes of unknowability and existential alienation in his one again fun, but familiar settings: empty buildings, d...
  • Lou
    May 24, 2019
    Brian Evenson On his new story collection, writing, recommendations, and inspirations | More2Read Girl with no face, therapy, therapists and being born still, fathers search for daughter missing with hint of her singing there but not there, reflections on parents and a sister ...
  • Austin James
    Jul 19, 2019
    Never failing to deliver, Evanson?s newest collection, Song for the Unraveling of the World, is a disturbing delight. Each story brings a layer of weird and unsettling flavor, weaving a sinkhole glimpse into his strange, masterful mind. ...
  • Philip Fracassi
    Jul 17, 2019
    SONG FOR THE UNRAVELING OF THE WORLD is another stunning collection by Evenson, who is easily the modern master of the weird tale. I found this collection to be incredibly charming, with surprising moments of delicious snark and bowls full of unsettling creepiness. These stories take p...
  • Shane Keene
    Jun 26, 2019
    Full review on Ink Heist if you're so inclined, but seriously. No words are adequate to describe or praise the eloquence and beauty of Brian Evenson's wonderful narratives. Only a read of the book will give you an inkling of the magic it contains. I can't recommend it enough. Buy it. R...
  • Leo Robertson
    Jul 23, 2019
    Extremely cool nightmares! ...
  • Lex
    Aug 13, 2019
    Every story here can be summarized as, "There's something unsettling. Maybe it gets slightly more unsettling; maybe it just stays the same level of unsettling. The end." ...
  • Cate
    Aug 10, 2019
    I really liked the stories in the first half of this collection. Creepy, spooky, scary: sweet spot, sweet spot, sweet spot! The problem came with the second half of the book. The stories drifted away from people and read more like writing prompts around scenes of horror. I found th...
  • Spencer
    Jun 19, 2019
    Song for the Unravelling of the World is like a fever dream of nihilistic visions. It?s masterfully written, utterly captivating and there isn?t a bad story in the collection. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like your horror bleak and bizarre. ...
  • Christopher
    May 22, 2019
    First - this collection is phenomenal. Know this. And if you don?t believe me, reading any three of the stories should convince you. Excellent storytelling, mind-bogglingly imaginative, laser-focused and vital prose, and long, long tails on his myriad manifestations of his signature ...
  • Derek Ambrose
    Jul 30, 2019
    Be careful with this book. This is the first book I have read by Brian Evenson and for the life of me I cannot find how I came across it or decided to buy it. I can see it in my library search (they didn't have it). I can see that I ordered it online and paid for it but I cannot rememb...
  • Jack Wolfe
    Jul 17, 2019
    Brian Evenson can pack more imaginative energy into a sentence than most writers can into a story, and more imaginative energy into a story than most writers can into a 500 page novel. The guy is just boundlessly, fearlessly creative, capable of dozens of different kinds of stories (fr...
  • Joseph Haeger
    Jun 10, 2019
    These are bleak and excellent stories. ...
  • Pearse Anderson
    Jun 03, 2019
    Read half of this during my Beijing 10 hour layover and was like uuh OK and then I set it down and left it. I'm so sorry, Evenson, I respect you as a figurehead but was unable to connect with this book. If I can be frank, and I don't know if I should, one work I could use to describe t...
  • Ray
    Aug 15, 2019
    Another collection of macabre stories from Brian Evenson. Several of the tales feature sisters, twins, and assorted parallel versions of manufactured selves (floating around in icky vats and what have you), and explore what it means to be an individual, to be human, or just plain, to b...
  • Joe Quenell
    Apr 26, 2019
    Brian Evenson is a writer I admire, and the quality of this collection is on par with his past work?inventive, odd, morbid, and at times darkly humorous. His prose is taut and uncluttered, allowing Evenson to pack a lot of story into just a few pages. Standouts were ?Sisters?, ?...
  • S̶e̶a̶n̶
    Jul 21, 2019
    Brian Evenson seems to have reached a plateau in his short fiction. It is a high plateau, for sure, but I don't know if it's possible for him to climb any higher at this point without expanding his repertoire. This collection is a pretty typical blend of styles for him. I like his absu...
  • Logan Noble
    Jul 12, 2019
    An easy five stars. Longer review incoming. ...
  • Elizabeth Smart
    Aug 01, 2019
    All of these stories are TERRIFYING and I was living my best life the entire time I was reading. Evanson has a real touch for the eerie. There was only one story I didn't like and it was barely a story. This may be my favorite of the short story collections I've read so far this year. ...
  • Valerie
    Apr 30, 2019
    Well, I received this from a giveaway I won hosted by Coffee House Press. I am so glad I won and was given the opportunity to read this! It is fantastic! I couldn?t say if I would have picked it up on my own, but if not, I would have missed out on some horribly creepy stories! Thi...
  • Jeremy Wingard
    Jun 26, 2019
    First off, let me just say, I love Brian Evenson. I first discovered him in late 2017/early 2018 and have read pretty much everything by him I can get my hands on. So when I read Song for the Unraveling of the World, I read it not only as an individual collection but also as a piece to...
  • Robert Saucedo
    Jun 16, 2019
    Brian Evenson?s new story collection SONG FOR THE UNRAVELING OF THE WORLD was released Tuesday and it?s a must-read. Twenty-plus stories featuring reoccurring themes of madness, obsession and the thin walls that separates our reality from what lies on the other side. There are ...
  • TinyHero
    Jul 25, 2019
    The first two stories basically tricked me into thinking this would be better than it was. The first one was barely a couple of pages but intriguing...and the second one was superbly creepy, with this riddle about the difference between two pieces of fruit, and the already creepy idea ...