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:Horror
ISBN:Song for the Unraveling of the World
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Song for the Unraveling of the World Reviews

  • Andrea
    Oct 17, 2019
    Deeply, deeply creepy stories. ...
  • 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....
  • Robert
    Dec 30, 2019
    This was a collection to savor. All of the Evenson hallmarks show up in in full force: menacing ambiguity, inventive weirdness. One of my favorite writers. ...
  • Marie-Therese
    Nov 04, 2019
    3.5 stars This was a bit more uneven than I've come to expect from Brian Evenson, with a surfeit of rather unengaging and surprisingly graceless stories at the beginning of the volume. I'll admit that I was almost ready to give up on the book when I came upon "The Second Door". I im...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Richard
    Sep 07, 2019
    There's nothing more exciting than reading work by an author who's completely singular and unique, an author that almost defies description. Brian Evenson is one of those writers. Anyone who's ever read any work by him knows what I'm talking about. I'm not quite sure how to even catoge...
  • Heidi Ward
    Dec 04, 2019
    Brian Evenson's stories are almost always excellent, and this collection is no different. More unsettling than terrifying, most of these tales turn on the uncanny, particularly by doubling ("The Second Door"; "Wanderlust"; "Kindred Spirit"), but also on the sense of dislocation and dre...
  • Jean
    Oct 06, 2019
    "Song?s careful prose gives his work a dry, somewhat academic tone, possibly the toll of Evenson?s years at teaching university-level creative writing. The flattened, emotionally blunted voice is effective, though. A bland acceptance of all the wrong things, married with Evenson?...
  • Sara
    Jan 06, 2020
    2.5 Read the first 2/3 of the stories before feeling that they were all becoming repetitive, so skimmed the end. The author kind of has the same gimmick going for almost all the stories ie (view spoiler)[ Protagonist senses something slightly wrong, and becomes obsessed/seduced by t...
  • 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." ...
  • 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. ...
  • Wes
    Nov 04, 2019
    Evenson is a master of crafting truly incredible works of short fiction that have just as much chance of utterly horrifying you as they do to make you snort with laughter. (Admittedly, there is a better chance that they will cause nightmares.) He has quickly become a personal favor...
  • Tiffany Lynn Kramer
    Dec 22, 2019
    DNFing Seeing as anthologies tend to be a mixed bag I normally would have tried to read a few more stories before calling it quits. However with every one I did read I had the same question at the end, am I missing something. Currently Songs doesn't have as many reviews as other bo...
  • Joseph Haeger
    Jun 10, 2019
    Really, this book is a litmus test for how one looks at the world. Is it a cold and unforgiving hellscape? Or is there a cosmic justice keeping a balance between good and evil? Are we on our own? Or is there a god looking over us? This is a bleak collection of stories. Any horror fa...
  • Kurt
    Sep 28, 2019
    Another gonzo-genius collection of weird-horror short stories from one of the Modern Masters. There's really no way to describe any of what goes on within, other than to speak of it in an oblique sense of the style: the author not only has one of the most unique imaginations going, ...
  • Eily Mac
    Jan 14, 2020
    I was thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere and originality of Evenson?s storytelling, in a genre that badly needs creativity and spice. The themes are old (paranoia, isolation, devotion) but the presentation is new, which makes all the difference. I found the endings of several...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joey B.
    Nov 19, 2019
    Some stories are predictable, others viscerally shocking. A strong 4 star rating. ...
  • 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...
  • Sean McGowan
    Aug 30, 2019
    What's scarier, the ways we delude ourselves to the point of insanity and paranoia, or a big scary alien monster from another dimension? Trick question dipshit you don't have to decide because this book has both. Evenson's short stories, specifically his sci-fi, reminded me of Saun...