You Will Grow Into Them by Malcolm Devlin
"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
"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 and The Rift
The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home.
In Malcolm Devlin’s debut collection, change is the only constant. Across ten stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the everyday. Childhood anxieties manifest as debased and degraded doppelgängers, fungal blooms are harvested from the backs of dancers and London lycanthropes become the new social pariahs. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them.
Taking weird fiction and horror and bending them into strange and wondrous new shapes, You Will Grow Into Them follows in the grand tradition of Aickman, Ligotti and Vandermeer, reminding us that the ordinary world is a much stranger place than it seems.
Published May 2017.
"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
"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 & OTHER RECOUNTINGS
Malcolm Devlin's stories have appeared, or are forthcoming in Interzone, Black Static and the anthologies Aickman's Heirs, Gods, Memes And Monsters and Nightscript Volume 2. He attended the Clarion West writers's workshop in 2013.
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.
– Weird Fiction Review
Contains 'beautiful material,' 'a staggeringly great story', 'a future classic to remember,' 'a disarmingly major work,' and 'undeniably something really special'.
– SF Lewis' Real-Time Reviews
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. [You Will Grow Into Them] has the power to move, and to challenge the way each reader perceives the everyday.
– Never Imitate
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-907389-43-6
ePub ISBN: 978-1-907-389-44-3
Publication date: 5th June 2017
Format: Paperback, ePub and mobi