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It contains ten stories, each a strange sort of coming of age tale. There are ghost stories without any ghosts in them, werewolf stories without any werewolves in them, a city that turns into forest, a barren planet with a peculiar sort of harvest celebration and a suburban street suffering a very personal and rather embarrassing apocalypse. I hope you enjoy them.
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“ Malcolm Devlin's You Will Grow Into Them is a collection of immaculately written tales that deftly mix darkness with a playful imagination. The result are stories that are as entertaining and humane as they are deeply unsettling. We need more stories in the world like these.”
— Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock
“ Almost every story in You Will Grow Into Them leaves behind a vivid central image. This may be grand and bizarre, like the transformed city-forest of Breadcrumbs; or something more low-key and menacing, as the enraptured clubgoers of Songs Like They Used to Play. In a few stories, these images can end up overshadowing the piece as a whole. Most of the time, however, Devlin gets the balance spot-on; then his stories shimmer with an otherworldly light.”
— David Hebblethwaite, Minor Literature[s]
“ Devlin’s stories are characterized by their absence of fear in the face of strange changes. They oppose the grim stupidity of the horrific sublime with the quiet ironies of consciousness and the inexplicable flights of fate. It is a mark of distinction that, here as in much of the weird, visions of the world are made unstable and porous, even as they reveal how dangerous life has always been. Cracks emerge. Inevitably, bodies start to pile up. Almost worse, bodies begin to go missing. Who knows what will appear in their place? Generosity is not softness; darkness may be more comforting than any light. You Will Grow Into Them promises much, namely, a fate of incorporation into forming uncertainty. It delivers gleefully, warmly, and well—with a distressingly strange and inexorable smile.”
— Leif Schenstead-Harris, Weird Fiction Review
“ Devlin’s prose is polished to a bright colloquial sheen that rarely dulls; his characters speak as if they have just thought what to say. It is confident stuff that puts the reader immediately at ease: it is reassuring to sense one is in the hands of a writer who knows exactly where they are going and how to get there... Prepare yourself for the genuinely unheimlich. ”
“ Devlin’s collection, like Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney before it, is set to become one of the decade’s landmarks of English weird.”
— Nina Allan, author of The Race
“ This intriguing, alamring book, positively hums with a sense of the uncanny.” ****
— Will Salmon, SFX
“ You Will Grow Into Them is filled with stories that are deceptively simple and perilously elegant. They look like fairy tales, but aren’t really – in fact, they are best described as a precise alchemy of language. Perfectly-pitched, thoroughly disquieting, You Will Grow Into Them is like a light in the darkness, that might lead you home or lure you from the path. Malcolm Devlin is one of our finest voices.”
— Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings
“ Over the course of ten stories, Devlin shows just how varied Horror and Weird fiction can be, effortlessly fusing elements from folklore, science fiction, regency comedy of manners and urban fantasy into a cohesive and compelling whole... His writing is fascinated with transitory states and the liminal, the space that exists between the rigidly defined strictures of the world around us. In this his work echoes the philosophical approach of Philip K. Dick and Thomas Ligotti, reminding us of the power of genre fiction to ask profound questions about our relationship to reality. ”
— Jonathan Thornton, Ginger Nuts of Horror
“ Whilst reading this collection I was blown away by the quality of the writing and by how much each story got under my skin. They are subtle, empathetic, yet eerily strange; disquieting in places with the accuracy of the human condition portrayed through a darkly playful lens.
I recommend you read this book. It has the power to move, and to challenge the way each reader perceives the everyday.”
— Jackie Law, NeverImmitate
“ Everything is written with a smooth professionalism of the first order. He really gets into the heads of his diverse and interesting characters and delivers the action in fluent prose that many writers will envy. ”
— Eamonn Murphy, SFCrowsnest
“ Devlin’s writing is surgical in its precision, with here and there a sly flicker of wit. These are stories that unsettle rather than horrify, full of irony and anxiety, from an author who exemplifies the very best of the genre. ”
— James Lovegrove, The Financial Times
“ This debut collection of stories by Malcolm Devlin is one of the best I've read in years. Subtle, by turns tender and brutal, and full of the sort of beauty one only finds in the heart's darkest corner, You Will Grow Into Them made me both jealous and grateful. Stories like this are exactly why I love to read.”
— Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters and The Visible Filth
“ Devlin’s characters are believable and sympathetic, his prose walks that genius knife-edge of being sparse and scalpel-sharp while also having depth, texture and lyricism, and the structure and balance of each of his stories – all of which conceal an intriguing sting-in-the-tail – are reminiscent of the best of Angela Carter or Roald Dahl in their ability to build entirely believable universes but skewer everything down into small, intimate human moments.” 10/10
— Ian White, Starburst Magazine
“ There are many factors that make the short stories in this extraordinary collection so compelling. One is that you aren’t quite sure what genre you’re reading, which makes the outcomes unpredictable. That you’re still not sure by the end is no failing of the author; rather it’s that he mixes a uniquely beguiling cocktail of fantasy, science fiction, horror and something I can only describe as Other Stuff. Stories like these tend to get labelled New Weird, but I don’t think that label does them justice. It’s too alienating, and another source of readability is how incredibly moving the stories are.”
“ You Will Grow Into Them is a compendium of strange tales that reveal much about our own world through a form of osmosis, stories in which psychological and spiritual states are made physically manifest. It marks the arrival of a potentially major new talent.”
— Pete Tennant, Interzone #270
These stories are by Malcolm Devlin: Passion Play (Black Static #38, TTA Press, Jan/Feb 2014); Must Supply Own Work Boots (Interzone #255, TTA Press, Nov/Dec 2014; Starship Sofa 452, September 2016); Two Brothers (Aickman's Heirs, Simon Strantzas, ed. Undertow Publications, 2015); Her First Harvest (Interzone #258, TTA Press, May/Jun 2015); The Knowledge (Gods, Memes and Monsters, Heather Jones, ed. Stone Skin Press, 2015); Five Conversations With My Daughter (Who Travels in Time) (Interzone #261, TTA Press, Nov/Dec 2015); Breadcrumbs (Interzone #264, TTA Press, May/Jun 2016); The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266, TTA Press, Sep/Oct 2016; The Year's Best Weird Fiction 4, Undertow Publications, October 2017; Shortlisted for the BSFA Award Best Shorter Fiction 2017); Dogsbody (Black Static #54, TTA Press, Sep/Oct 2016); White Elephants (Nightscript Volume 2, C.M. Muller, ed. Oct 2016); We Can Walk It Off Come The Morning (Shadows and Tall Trees 7, Undertow Publications, May 2017); The New Man (Interzone #270, TTA Press, May/Jun 2017); Songs Like They Used To Play, We All Need Somewhere To Hide, The Last Meal He Ate Before She Killed Him, The Bridge (all published for the first time in the collection You Will Grow Into Them, Unsung Stories, June 2017); March, April, May, 2084 (Unsung Stories, July 2017); What Little Boys Are Made Of (Nightscript Volume 3, C.M. Muller, ed. Oct 2017); Moths, (The Shadow Booth, Dan Coxon, ed. Dec 2017)
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