#tobyreads: Welcome, Dread: Adrian Van Young, Yoko Ogawa, and Manuel Gonzales Take a Turn for the Gothic

And sometimes, you want a scary story — or close to a dozen of them. The three books discussed here today — Yoko Ogawa’s Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, Adrian Van Young’s The Man Who Noticed Everything, and Manuel Gonzales’s The Miniature Wife and Other Stories — balance literary craftsmanship with a knack for the uncanny. Whether evoking quotidian rhythms only to replace them with something more sinister or shifting tales of upset lives into something more structurally ambitious, these books unnerve even as they intrigue.

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