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Bloody haruspicy as an archeological technique. The violent premier of a film star’s lost noir masterpiece. A housekeeper’s final job for her late employer. An exhumation to retrieve a poetry manuscript. Ghosts haunting atomic test sites of the American west. The dangers facing podcasters, mud loggers, and rural veterinarians. Landlords and gods and rocks and monsters. Toad Bloody haruspicy as an archeological technique. The violent premier of a film star’s lost noir masterpiece. A housekeeper’s final job for her late employer. An exhumation to retrieve a poetry manuscript. Ghosts haunting atomic test sites of the American west. The dangers facing podcasters, mud loggers, and rural veterinarians. Landlords and gods and rocks and monsters. Toadstones is a collection of short stories firmly in the tradition of the weird tale. They evoke the sensation of catching an unnerving movement out of the corner of your eye, of hearing a sudden and unidentifiable skittering in the walls, of dreaming about a strange city where you meet someone you would have sworn died long ago. Explore the uncanny shadows occluding what we thought was a mundane world in these sixteen (that’s twice eight, or four fours; are you tracking the numerology?) stories. Destined to be an underworld classic, these stories by everyone’s favorite anarchocommunist calling upon the aid of Hell will have you believing in the unbelievable—and thinking twice before you let another repair guy in your house.


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Bloody haruspicy as an archeological technique. The violent premier of a film star’s lost noir masterpiece. A housekeeper’s final job for her late employer. An exhumation to retrieve a poetry manuscript. Ghosts haunting atomic test sites of the American west. The dangers facing podcasters, mud loggers, and rural veterinarians. Landlords and gods and rocks and monsters. Toad Bloody haruspicy as an archeological technique. The violent premier of a film star’s lost noir masterpiece. A housekeeper’s final job for her late employer. An exhumation to retrieve a poetry manuscript. Ghosts haunting atomic test sites of the American west. The dangers facing podcasters, mud loggers, and rural veterinarians. Landlords and gods and rocks and monsters. Toadstones is a collection of short stories firmly in the tradition of the weird tale. They evoke the sensation of catching an unnerving movement out of the corner of your eye, of hearing a sudden and unidentifiable skittering in the walls, of dreaming about a strange city where you meet someone you would have sworn died long ago. Explore the uncanny shadows occluding what we thought was a mundane world in these sixteen (that’s twice eight, or four fours; are you tracking the numerology?) stories. Destined to be an underworld classic, these stories by everyone’s favorite anarchocommunist calling upon the aid of Hell will have you believing in the unbelievable—and thinking twice before you let another repair guy in your house.

36 review for Toadstones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Remarkable. Whether it's hunting endangered gods in Wyoming, smuggling cursed relics from Spain to the New World, riding a haunted bus for a podcast, or accidentally discovering the name of God during a backyard game of telephone, reading this book of weird tales feels like discovering a lost classic from the golden age of pulp, except everything is brand new, the pace faster, the wit sharper. Can't recommend this one highly enough. Update: I interviewed the author about this book over at Heavy F Remarkable. Whether it's hunting endangered gods in Wyoming, smuggling cursed relics from Spain to the New World, riding a haunted bus for a podcast, or accidentally discovering the name of God during a backyard game of telephone, reading this book of weird tales feels like discovering a lost classic from the golden age of pulp, except everything is brand new, the pace faster, the wit sharper. Can't recommend this one highly enough. Update: I interviewed the author about this book over at Heavy Feather Review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    Most books that promise weirdness fail to deliver, but Toadstones brings the goods.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joey Hedger

    What an amazing book! It was weird and wonderful and has a bunch of monsters in it. Where other similar types of story collections veer formulaic, Toadstones succeeds at making each story unique, interesting, and filled with memorable characters. It feels a bit like Shirley Jackson watched a bunch of Twilight Zone then moved to the desert to study geology. Has some great moments and even better scenes. Definitely check this book out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alan ten-Hoeve

    F'n love this book! When I was growing up my mom had a stack of Weird Tales I loved to get into when she wasn't around. Each one of Williams' stories whisked me back to those days. F'n love this book! When I was growing up my mom had a stack of Weird Tales I loved to get into when she wasn't around. Each one of Williams' stories whisked me back to those days.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Eynon

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    Patrick

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    Alan Good

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    Jacob

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    Ben Arzate

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tanner Crawford

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zack

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Burns

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Greek

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brock

  15. 5 out of 5

    mark mendoza

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fierce (aka Darth Fierce)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jayjaypl

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    Dragos Cocos

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    Colby

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Clint

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    Rob Carpenter

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    John Karyus

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    Spencer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cool_guy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    ThereWillBeBooks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Livia Damaceno

  31. 4 out of 5

    Eunice

  32. 4 out of 5

    Peter Riboprotein

  33. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  34. 5 out of 5

    Meade

  35. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Erin

  36. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

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