A Collapse of Horses
Coffee House Press
“Black Bark” is from Brian Evenson’s new collection, A COLLAPSE OF HORSES (Coffee House Press, 2016). Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction. His novel LAST DAYS won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009.
“There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson.”–George Saunders
“Small masterworks of literary horror.”–Kirkus Reviews
“There are many unnoticed contracts that govern us. We go on about our lives never knowing what they are. They are noticed only in the breach. Brian Evenson can somehow see these contracts–and his work is a large attention that charts the breakdown of the very smallest societies, the covenant of just two,three, six, or seven people against the darkness, the bleakness, whatever you want to call it. What is complex here is notable, what is vivid, what is tortuous, these things are notable. I hesitate to mention them, for still more notable is the acuteness of mind that generates this sight. It is for this antihuman vision that I read Evenson, in order to see a human being in its folly as a tree or turtle might, as a stone might, with a detachment so severe that what pities us knows us perfectly, yet knows us not.” –Jesse Ball
“You already know Brian Evenson is one the smartest, slipperiest, and strongest writers around. Let me add that he’s also one of the funniest. I’m not talking about light-hearted humor, but that bone-deep kind that makes you laugh through the horror and the pain. A Collapse of Horses proves, yet again, that Evenson is massively talented and a gift to readers everywhere.” –Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver