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"Angel skeletons! Parents that bite babies! Monster studies! If I sound effusive, it's because I am, terribly - what a fun and weird and creepy and delightfully sideways book Kyle Winkler has written, and how jealous I am of anyone else reading it for the first time." -- Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges

OH PAIN is a standout debut collection of weird fiction, in which Winkler displays his talents for both beautiful prose and unsettling themes. Whether these fictions concern mundane, everyday events or bizarre, otherworldly happenings, the tie that binds them together is the nagging, dread-inspiring sense that something (perhaps everything?) is off-kilter." -- Kev Harrison, author of Below and Paths Best Left Untrodden

“Winkler serves up Midwest weirdness and body horror unlike any I’ve encountered before. His characters, crafted with wit and compassion, lead fully dimensional lives on the page. There’s no denying that
OH PAIN is an absolute pleasure.” -Eric Raglin, author of Nightmare Yearnings and the Cursed Morsels podcast

A new mother secretly bites her baby until the compulsion ruins her. An abandoned angel eats the trash of a small Ohio town. A woman spies on her neighbor's aging body for global security reasons. A scientist suffers horrible mutations to care for a radioactive orphan. A man graduates college only to labor in an underground bunker scrubbing a giant. In each of the twelve weird stories of this collection, human bodies are morphed, warped, and withered. Through love, desolation, or entropy.

Through motherhood, childhood, or disease. The settings for these stories of painful transformation are often the huddled corners of the uncanny Midwest, but the changes are always happening on the body in pain. From the author of the cosmic horror novella,
The Nothing That Is, comes a collection of stories hovering between the everyday and the horrific. With four stories appearing in print for the first time, and line drawings for each story by Claudia Lundahl.

Genre: Horror

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