Kirsty Logan

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Things We Say in the Dark

book | Fiction | Oct 2019
Harvill Secker

A shocking collection of dark stories, ranging from chilling contemporary fairytales to disturbing supernatural fiction, by a talented writer who has been compared to Angela Carter.

So here we go, into the dark.

Some things can’t be spoken about in the light of day. But we can visit our fears at night, in the dark. We can turn them over and weigh them in our hands and maybe that will protect us from them. But maybe not.

The characters in this collection find their aspirations for happy homes, happy families and happy memories dissected and imbued with shimmering menace. Alone in a remote house in Iceland a woman is unnerved by her isolation; another can only find respite from the clinging ghost that follows her by submerging herself in an overgrown pool. Couples wrestle with a lack of connection to their children; a schoolgirl becomes obsessed with the female anatomical models in a museum; and a cheery account of child’s day out is undercut by chilling footnotes.

These dark tales explore women’s fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence. From a talented writer who has been compared to Angela Carter, Things We Say in the Dark is a powerful contemporary collection of feminist stories, ranging from vicious fairy tales to disturbing horror and tender ghost stories.


Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for Things We Say in the Dark


If you're after finely crafted feminist short stories, each one gripping and unnerving in equal measure, by a rising-star writer who's been compared to Margaret Atwood, this is for you.

Stella Magazine

Just in time for Halloween comes Kirsty Logan’s deeply, deeply unsettling and brilliant collection of short stories.

The Stylist

Kirsty Logan has in my opinion created an absolutely perfect collection of dark, vivid, insidiously creepy and outright horrifying tales to really drawn you in, mesmerise you and spit you back out again with a buzzing brain full of tumbling thoughts.

Bookish Chat - Blogger

An intensely dark, delicious, somewhat depraved account of the human condition gone awry, it will make you believe there are far more than just monsters hiding under the bed.

Kirsten Knight
The Student Newspaper

This new collection of creepy tales will go down as a feminist must-read. 

Francesca Brown

Thoroughly haunting collection of short stories.

Roger Cox
Yorkshire Post

A dark delight… It’s a well-paced, stylistically playful collection – and most importantly, deeply unsettling.

Full Review

Frequently compared to Angela Carter for her luxuriant imagination and love of fairytales, Kirsty Logan shifts from the uncanny to the terrifying. 

Suzi Feay
The Guardian

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