As you’ll have seen from the last post, I’ve been pulling on the coats of some writers whose work I admire to have a look at Knife Fight and Other Struggles, the new story collection out in October 2014. Laird Barron got back to me a little while back (see the last post) and some others weighed in shortly afterward. I am immensely grateful.
Jeffrey Ford, multiple-World-Fantasy-Award-Winning novelist and story writer, had this to say:
“David Nickle’s Knife Fight and Other Struggles is a collection of 13 unique glimpses into the weird. Dynamic imagination, masterful writing of both the every day and the nightmare, characters that breathe, and a dark sense of humor make this a keeper. If you’ve not yet read Nickle’s fiction, Knife Fight is a great place to start. If you have, you’ve no doubt already bought this book.”
Helen Marshall, author of the brilliant story collection Hair Side, Flesh Side, and the forthcoming collection Gifts For The One Who Comes After, offered up this:
“David Nickle is Canada’s answer to Stephen King. His writing charms even as it slices like a blade between the ribs: sharp, subtle, and never less than devastating.”
And Nathan Ballingrud, who knocked everybody on their collective ass last year with his amazing collection North American Lake Monsters, wrote this about Knife Fight:
“David Nickle is my favorite kind of writer. His stories are dark, wildly imaginative, and deeply compassionate — even when they’re laced with righteous anger. He’s at the top of his game in this new book of short stories, and that’s about as good as it gets.”