Mystery Lights

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Pub Date Aug 06 2024 | Archive Date Jul 05 2024
Tin House | Tin House Books

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Description

An influencer attempts to derail a viral TV marketing campaign with her violent cult following. A marriage between two ghost hunters is threatened when one of them loses her ability to see spirits. The lives of a famous painter in the twilight of her career and a teenage ufo enthusiast converge when a mysterious glowing orb appears in their small desert town. And a slasher-flick screenwriter looking for inspiration escapes a pack of wild dogs only to find herself locked in an suv with a strange man beside her.

From the all-too-real horror of a sexual predator on a college campus to a lost sister transformed by cave-dwelling creatures, Lena Valencia’s debut story collection, Mystery Lights, grapples with terrors both familiar and fantastic.

An influencer attempts to derail a viral TV marketing campaign with her violent cult following. A marriage between two ghost hunters is threatened when one of them loses her ability to see spirits...


Advance Praise

"These are stories full of menace and delight, drawing from that deep well of human complexity, perversity, sincerity, and hope. Mystery Lights is gorgeous." - Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love

"Lena Valencia writes some of the best stories I've read in years, as sharp and finely honed as knives. Here are women who turn out to be powerful enough to meet the threats of their worlds in kind: their lives may cut them, yes, but they can cut back, and astonishing truths are laid bare in the process. Both bold and sly, in turns righteously angry and sinister, Mystery Lights offers a brilliant new vision of what it means to be a woman in this world." - Clare Beams, author of The Garden

"I've loved Lena Valencia's brilliant, beguiling stories for years and read her debut collection in a single breathless evening. These are stories with teeth, both chilling and bold, about the strength and vulnerability of women and girls. Full of surprising turns, Mystery Lights reminded me of the incredible power of short fiction to speak the truth." - Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

"B movie aesthetics meet the cinematic splendor of the desert in these ten clever, neatly crafted, wryly stylized short stories. Against the backdrop of their desolate and often haunted landscapes, Lena Valencia's characters vividly come to life." - Rachel Lyon, author of Fruit of the Dead

"These are stories full of menace and delight, drawing from that deep well of human complexity, perversity, sincerity, and hope. Mystery Lights is gorgeous." - Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love

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ISBN 9781959030621
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PAGES 256

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I knew I was going to love this short story collections as soon as I saw the cover art last fall. Wow. Just look at it. The cover really sets a mood. Lena Valencia is a fantastic storyteller. Her prose is funny, profound, and delightfully creepy. I truly enjoyed ALL 10 stories, but my top 5 are: "Dogs", "Trogloxene", "The Reclamation", "Clean Hunters", and "Vermilon". A lot of the stories takes place in the desert, which give the stories a cinematic/atmospheric feel. This book made me smile and definitely got me out of a reading slump. If you like eerie stories, then "Mystery Lights" will terrify you to bits. I will definitely read more from this new author in the future. These stories felt so personal, engaging, and wholeheartedly entertaining. I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Netgalley and Tin House for the digital ARC.

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The stories in Mystery Lights absolutely knocked me out. As a desert girl through and through, I am so grateful for this collection.

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