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New Treasures: We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

We Are All Completely Fine-smallWell, I’m back from the 2014 World Fantasy Convention and I had a terrific time. Matthew Wuertz did a fine job with his daily convention reports… just don’t ask me where he found the time to write them. It certainly looks like he had fun, anyway, what with all the sight-seeing, panels, autograph sessions, readings, and whatnot. Me, I headed right for the Dealer’s Room, where I spent four days ogling books.

And what marvelous books! You’d think that running a website like Black Gate, I’d be more or less on top of major genre releases, right? Not so, apparently. While wandering the floor, I came across dozens (and dozens) of marvelous new titles from such splendid publishers as Prime, American Fantasy Press, Small Beer Press, Hippocampus, ChiZine, Midnight Books, Tachyon, Fairwood Press, Borderlands Press, and many others. I’ll be reporting on the most intriguing books right here over the next few weeks — starting with Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine, the tale of a support group for people who have survived horror-movie traumas. It’s a book that’s received a great deal of attention over the past two months, and it went right to the top of my reading pile.

Harrison was the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time popping pills and not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by unreadable messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. Martin never takes off his sunglasses. Never.

No one believes the extent of their horrific tales, not until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these seemingly-insane outcasts form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within — and which are lurking in plain sight.

Daryl Gregory is also the author of Pandemonium, Afterparty, and The Devil’s Alphabet. We Are All Completely Fine was published by Tachyon Publications on August 12, 2014. It is 192 pages, priced at $14.95 in trade paperback and $9.99 fo the digital edition.

7 Comments »

  1. I wish Bess had a picture of you walking around the Dealer’s Room with that towering stack of books. :-)

    Comment by Matthew Wuertz - November 12, 2014 12:47 pm

  2. Yeah, I told myself I wouldn’t buy more than I could cram into my suitcase. And then they opened that UPS office right on the registration level, and I told myself I wouldn’t buy more than could fit snugly in one box. I ended up with three big boxes of books, and more than $100 in unexpected shipping costs. I tell you, it’s a tough thing browsing in the Dealer’s Room when you’re cursed with poor impulse control.

    Comment by John ONeill - November 12, 2014 4:19 pm

  3. The title of Gregory’s book delights me. I crack up every time I see it.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - November 13, 2014 2:36 pm

  4. […] A month ago, I was wandering the Dealer’s Rooms at the World Fantasy Convention like a kid in a candy store, finding treasure after treasure. I’ve already written about the great finds I made at the Valancourt and Hippocampus Press tables, and Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine. […]

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  5. […] treasures piled high on the Valancourt and Hippocampus Press tables, as well as Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine and Lois H. Gresh’s anthology Dark Fusions – Where Monsters Lurk! But I haven’t even […]

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  7. […] It was one of the first books I purchased after walking into the Dealers Room, and the first one I wrote about when I […]

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