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In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lisa Tuttle has proven herself a master of the weird tale, and now this new collection of twelve unsettling stories – some never previously collected – offers readers a chance to discover some of her finest work. In ‘Replacements’, a woman adopts a monstrous pet, with unforeseen consequences. In ‘Born Dead’, a stillborn child mysterious In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lisa Tuttle has proven herself a master of the weird tale, and now this new collection of twelve unsettling stories – some never previously collected – offers readers a chance to discover some of her finest work. In ‘Replacements’, a woman adopts a monstrous pet, with unforeseen consequences. In ‘Born Dead’, a stillborn child mysteriously continues to grow just like a living one. ‘My Pathology’ (whose ending Thomas Tessier has cited as one of the best in the history of horror) explores the sinister results of a couple’s alchemical experiments. And a book lover in ‘The Book That Finds You’ has her life changed in strange ways by the discovery of a rare horror book at a second-hand bookshop. In these weird and chilling tales, Tuttle is at her diabolical best. This edition features an introduction by Lisa Kröger, and each story is specially introduced by the author.


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In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lisa Tuttle has proven herself a master of the weird tale, and now this new collection of twelve unsettling stories – some never previously collected – offers readers a chance to discover some of her finest work. In ‘Replacements’, a woman adopts a monstrous pet, with unforeseen consequences. In ‘Born Dead’, a stillborn child mysterious In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lisa Tuttle has proven herself a master of the weird tale, and now this new collection of twelve unsettling stories – some never previously collected – offers readers a chance to discover some of her finest work. In ‘Replacements’, a woman adopts a monstrous pet, with unforeseen consequences. In ‘Born Dead’, a stillborn child mysteriously continues to grow just like a living one. ‘My Pathology’ (whose ending Thomas Tessier has cited as one of the best in the history of horror) explores the sinister results of a couple’s alchemical experiments. And a book lover in ‘The Book That Finds You’ has her life changed in strange ways by the discovery of a rare horror book at a second-hand bookshop. In these weird and chilling tales, Tuttle is at her diabolical best. This edition features an introduction by Lisa Kröger, and each story is specially introduced by the author.

30 review for The Dead Hours of Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valancourt Books

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is a superb collection of short fiction, disturbing, creepy, and fascinating. Many of the stories are written in first person, which puts the reader into the situation with frightening immediacy. I read Ms. Tuttle's first collection, A Nest of Nightmares, many years ago, and still treasure it. I now have a second collection to treasure. I might add that the book itself is very nicely done, from the cover art to the binding. Really enjoyed this one. This is a superb collection of short fiction, disturbing, creepy, and fascinating. Many of the stories are written in first person, which puts the reader into the situation with frightening immediacy. I read Ms. Tuttle's first collection, A Nest of Nightmares, many years ago, and still treasure it. I now have a second collection to treasure. I might add that the book itself is very nicely done, from the cover art to the binding. Really enjoyed this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    KWinks

    For some reason I was just NOT in the mood for short fiction right now, but this was fantastic. There is not a bad story in here. I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite! Closet Dreams and The Replacements scared the crap out of me. I can't stop thinking about Mr. Elphinstone's Hands, even though it made me sick. I really appreciated the little intros by Tuttle. I think it deepened my appreciation for each story. I chose not to rush through this but to read a story and then reflect on it. Some of For some reason I was just NOT in the mood for short fiction right now, but this was fantastic. There is not a bad story in here. I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite! Closet Dreams and The Replacements scared the crap out of me. I can't stop thinking about Mr. Elphinstone's Hands, even though it made me sick. I really appreciated the little intros by Tuttle. I think it deepened my appreciation for each story. I chose not to rush through this but to read a story and then reflect on it. Some of them I want to reread again immediately. This is a collection worth owning as I think different readings at different time of life might change the meaning of the stories as well. I loved her brave female protagonists and that they often skewed older in age. Totally refreshing to read that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    STAR review in the December 15, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog [link live 12/14] https://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/12.... Three Words That Describe this book: character driven, intense, direct tone What I wanted to write in my review, but alas, it is too professional an outlet for it was-- "Tuttle, where have you been all my life?!?!?!" STAR review in the December 15, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog [link live 12/14] https://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/12.... Three Words That Describe this book: character driven, intense, direct tone What I wanted to write in my review, but alas, it is too professional an outlet for it was-- "Tuttle, where have you been all my life?!?!?!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becca Zurbrick

    How does everyone not know about Lisa Tuttle, this shining secret gem of a writer? I just adore her.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I’ve always loved Lisa Tuttle’s storytelling. Her writing is so easy to read and I’m able to slide right into the stories. I’m immersed in the characters, the plot, and the world. The Dead Hours of Night is no exception. Every story was full of building horror and dread. I especially loved the intros by Tuttle at the beginning of every story. She explained the origins of the story and what part of her life she was in when she authored them. I found this fascinating. The foreword by Lisa Kroger was I’ve always loved Lisa Tuttle’s storytelling. Her writing is so easy to read and I’m able to slide right into the stories. I’m immersed in the characters, the plot, and the world. The Dead Hours of Night is no exception. Every story was full of building horror and dread. I especially loved the intros by Tuttle at the beginning of every story. She explained the origins of the story and what part of her life she was in when she authored them. I found this fascinating. The foreword by Lisa Kroger was awesome as well and I’m in the middle of reading Monster She Wrote to get other great ideas for amazing female horror writers. Thank You to Valancourt for bringing all of these stories by Tuttle together in one book. As always, the cover art was beautiful and just made the reading experience all the more exciting! Pick up this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena

    There aren't many collections - either by one or various authors - where every single short story is a 5-star story, but The Dead Hours of Night sure is that rare collection. I absolutely LOVED these stories and can't believe I never read anything by Lisa Tuttle until now. Bless Valancourt Books and their Monster, She Wrote series! Tuttle's stories are bold, bizarre and brilliant. Every story has a great opening sentence and their last lines are punchy as hell. Some stories made me actually hyst There aren't many collections - either by one or various authors - where every single short story is a 5-star story, but The Dead Hours of Night sure is that rare collection. I absolutely LOVED these stories and can't believe I never read anything by Lisa Tuttle until now. Bless Valancourt Books and their Monster, She Wrote series! Tuttle's stories are bold, bizarre and brilliant. Every story has a great opening sentence and their last lines are punchy as hell. Some stories made me actually hysterically/manically laugh at the end, they were so strange and excellent. They are so bloody good, every single one of them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Pitch-perfect collection; Lisa Tuttle does not disappoint.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    I’m so grateful to Monster, She Wrote for making me aware of Tuttle, and to Valancourt for publishing this lovely volume. I look forward to exploring more of her work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  11. 5 out of 5

    jude

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Love

  13. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben Ellwood

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tony Anuci

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Miller Sproat

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Boatman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charles Prepolec

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justine

  21. 5 out of 5

    Always Booked Up

  22. 5 out of 5

    Enheduanna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Richardson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Helene Kroeger

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Schultheis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Johaneth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Landen Celano

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jean

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Sparrow-Clarke

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