And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe




A murdered movie star reaches out to an unlikely fan. An orchard is bewitched with poison apples and would-be princesses. A pair of outcasts fail a questionnaire that measures who in their neighborhood will vanish next. Two sisters keep a grotesque secret hidden in a Victorian bathtub. A dearly departed best friend carries a grudge from beyond the grave.

In her Bram Stoker Award nominated debut collection, Gwendolyn Kiste delves into the gathering darkness where beauty embraces the monstrous, and where even the most tranquil worlds are not to be trusted. From fairy tale kingdoms and desolate carnivals, to wedding ceremonies and summer camps that aren’t as joyful as they seem, these fourteen tales of horror and dark fantasy explore death, rebirth, and illusion all through the eyes of those on the outside—the forgotten, the forsaken, the Other, none of whom will stay in the dark any longer.

“A lyrical journey of blood, secrets and loss, Kiste’s debut collection takes you from a cursed orchard to a world that looks all too familiar. Dark and beautiful, And Her Smile is not to be missed.” – Jacob Haddon, editor of LampLight

“Kiste has created something poignant, beautiful, and extremely unnerving at the same time. This book is full of gems, and these stories will stick with me for a long time.” – Nathan Hystad, publisher of Woodbridge Press

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Product Details:

Author: Gwendolyn Kiste

Publication Date: April 14, 2017


Paperback: $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total Price $18.95

Electronic: $3.95

Print Length: 208 Pages

Publisher: JournalStone