Fiction. Sharply strange and eerily familiar. Absurdly funny and terrifyingly serious. Surreal, fantastic, gritty, real. The stories in Matthew Cheney's Hudson Prize-winning debut collection range across various styles, modes, genres, and tones as they explore the worlds of family, love, memory, and loss. BLOOD: STORIES reprints work originally published in such different venues as One Story and Weird Tales, and it includes four new stories that travel from contemporary New Hampshire to historical Prague to might-have-been Mexico to a future world where no reality stays real for long. Reality flows through these stories, even at their most surreal and lyrical, because reality is more than just what is or even what might be: reality is whatever gets beneath our skin and into our blood. The pages of BLOOD: STORIES not only take an axe to the frozen sea within us—they make a course for the heart.
Matthew Cheney has published fiction and nonfiction in a wide variety of venues, including One Story, Weird Tales, Los Angeles Review of Books, Rain Taxi, Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Wilde Stories, and elsewhere. He is the former series editor of the Best American Fantasy anthologies and is a founding co-editor of the occasional online magazine The Revelator. As an actor, he has performed in numerous productions of Shakespeare's plays, and starred in the independent film Zombie Boy. He is a native of New Hampshire and can be found online at matthewcheney.net and his blog, The Mumpsimus.Author City: DURHAM, NH USA