In the Mean Time

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ChiZine Publications, Apr 24, 2012 - Fiction - 216 pages
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A history teacher begins his unorthodox senior course with clips from an ominous surveillance video, causing a student's home life to deteriorate along with the lessons.

A girl with a second head that changes into different historical and fictional identities tries to find her father while figuring out how to handle Mom and the book club.

A blog documents society's slow, unexplained, but inexorable end, or is it only a collection of pixel-sized paranoia?

A once-awkward teen holes up in a kiddie-themed amusement park after the end of the world, and schemes to take Cinderella's Castle by force.

This collection by Paul G. Tremblay (author of The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland) features fifteen stories of fear and paranoia, stories of apocalypses both societal and personal, and stories of longing and coping.


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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Unsettling is the best way to describe this collection of stories or better yet as one Goodreads reviewer described it "stories of personal & social catastrophes." As with most short story collections ... Read full review

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User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

I'm not much of a short story reader. They just seem like a random chapter taken out of a book, and usually don't go anywhere. I feel they are best when they have outstanding dialogue or some sort of ... Read full review


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Figure 5
Growing Things
Harold the Spider Man
Rhymes with Jew
The People Who Live Near Me
Theres No Light Between Floors
Headstones in Your Pocket
Its Against the Law to Feed the Ducks
We Will Never Live in the Castle
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Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep, No Sleep Till Wonderland, and Swallowing a Donkey's Eye, and the short story collections Compositions for the Young and Old and In the Mean Time. He has published two novellas, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Five, and Best American Fantasy 3. He is the co-editor of four anthologies including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan).

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