The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future
by Christi Nogle
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Pub Date 21 Feb 2023 | Archive Date Not set
"Without a doubt, Christi Nogle is one of my favorite new voices in horror. Her fiction is by turns devastating, horrifying, and beyond beautiful. With her collection, The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future, she's created something truly remarkable, the kind of horror that's filled with grit and heart. Don't miss this book; it's sure to be one of the very best collections of 2023."- Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens and Reluctant Immortals
The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future collects Christi Nogle’s finest psychological and supernatural horror stories. Their rural and small-town characters confront difficult pasts and look toward promising but often terrifying futures. The pieces range in genre from psychological horror through science fiction and ghost stories, but they all share fundamental qualities: feminist themes, an emphasis on voice, a focus on characters’ psychologies and a sense of the gothic in contemporary life. Stories here may recall Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Renegade,” or Kelly Link’s “Stone Animals.”
A Note From the Publisher
Christi loves learning and has studied visual arts as well as writing and literature. After twenty years teaching academic writing and occasional literature classes at a university, Christi moved on to spend more time focusing on her own fiction and supporting other writers in the horror and speculative writing communities. She enjoys sharing stories and critiques in various writing groups, mentoring and volunteering for writers’ organizations, teaching creative writing workshops, and learning more about editing and promotion. She is also an Associate Editor at the popular horror podcast PseudoPod.
She continues to write short fiction and is working on a new novel, All My Really Good Friends. She also hopes to someday return to painting, which was an obsession for many years.
Christi is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and Codex Writers’ Group. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner Jim and their gorgeous dogs. Follow her at christinogle.com or on Twitter @christinogle
PRAISE FOR CHRISTI NOGLE
"[Nogle] makes everything she writes look easy and effortlessly ingenious [...] Nogle has all the goods, a singularly weird imagination, a tremendous sense of pacing and voice, and a mastery of clarity and control on the sentence level." - Jon Padgett, author of The Secret of Ventriloquism
"With a skilled and unflinching hand, Nogle guides us through layers of time and experience in Beulah [...] every rich and textured detail leading to a truly satisfying payoff." - J.A.W. McCarthy, author of SOMETIMES WE'RE CRUEL AND OTHER STORIES on Beulah
"The most interesting theme in Beulah, which dovetails nicely with the clash of the living and the dead, is the uncertain nature of identity [...] If you like books about haunting (literal and existential), be sure to pick up a copy of Beulah today!" H.V. Patterson, Dreadfulesque, on Beulah
"Beulah is a confident debut novel from a powerhouse of a writer." - Carson Winter, Dead Languages, on Beulah
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Available on NetGalley
The book is a collection of psychological and supernatural horror stories. Their rural and small-town characters confront difficult pasts. The stories are dark, mysterious, haunting and disturbing. The author has a strange and weird imagination making it a perfect collection of horror tales. I found that I liked the stories though I did reread them as at times I found the story difficult to understand. The book is not what I expected but found it to be good.