January 16, 2015 by Laird
David Nickle has a new book out: Knife Fight and Other Struggles. I said this about it:
“Knife Fight and Other Struggles is a remarkable collection that drops some hi-fidelity weirdness on the scene. Nickle’s prose has gorgeous lines of symmetry and a steel spine.”
I read a lot of contemporary horror and weird fiction. Nickle is easily among a handful of top-flight stylists–when I talk about highly accomplished prose on a line level, I’m talking about Dan Chaon, Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Conrad Williams, Joel Lane, and G.L. Valentine. That club.
Nickle is a smooth operator and his stories are some of the most weirdly horrific visions you’re liable to come across on the contemporary scene. Creepy, layered, and unsettling work. Highly recommended.