What Are You Afraid of?

What Are You Afraid of?

What Are You Afraid of?

What Are You Afraid of?

Synopsis

Powerful and haunting, the ten stories of this debut collection imagine a world where dreams and reality merge, often with dangerous consequences. Michael Hyde explores the relationships between illusion and reality, delusion and clarity, as his characters come to realize that the revelations they wholeheartedly pursue are often not the ones that await them and will move them. A teenage girl obsessed with the death of a classmate hopes to become the killer's next victim, a wayward graveyard attendant punishes the dead for his punishments in life, and a ghostly vision in a garden shed offers a catalyst for one woman's change.

Excerpt

The girl was Mary Alice Bunt and they found her by the river. My brother Wade and I thought we’d see the print her body made but rain came and the river jumped its banks before we could find the spot. It’s a good thing the search party found her when they did. She’s liable to have been washed away and lost because everything came rushing in that brown flood: flat tires, tv antennas, a doll carriage like one I used to push.

Mary Alice Bunt was pretty. I know this for two reasons. the first is because her picture was front-page in both the morning and evening Dispatch. the next day they put her picture in the obituary section too, except smaller. the second reason I know Mary Alice Bunt was pretty is because my mother said so. Wade . . .

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