We Are All Completely Fine is not officially out yet (that’s in a week–August 12, 2014), but it has snuck into online stores, and reviews are coming out. I already blog-bragged (blagged? brogged?) the starred review from Publishers Weekly, but a wave of other reviews have come out, and I’m going to link to them here.
If I had a publicist, he or she would do this self-promotion for me. But I have to overcome my native midwestern reticence and share these reviews because (a) I would like to sell more copies, and (b) I need to feel better about myself. This 38,000 word novella took me as long to write as some people take to write a 120K novel. I’m just happy people are reading it.
First something from my favorite critic, and the top reviewer in the field, Gary K. Wolfe. He’s read almost everything I’ve written, and knows exactly what I’m trying to do, which is priceless. Writing in the August issue of Locus Magazine, he ends his review with this:
…Gregory eschews the sort of setpieces that could easily have made this novel five times as long, and that might disappoint some readers expecting a more conventional horror novel. But Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.
John DeNardo of Kirkus Reviews (and the force behind SF Signal) made WAACF a Best Bet for August, and Paul Goat Allen of the Barnes & Noble Book Blog selected it as his What to Read in August, saying this:
Gregory (Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet, et. al.) has done it again with yet another singularly unique, genre-blending masterwork about a support group of victims of paranormal violence who realize that their nightmarish traumas are all related. This creepy concoction of supernatural fiction, mystery, and horror is a dark little literary gem that readers will absolutely cherish.
Joe Karpierz in the July 25, 2014 issue of The MT Void (Vol. 33, No. 4) really dug the ending, saying that after 45 years of reading in the genre, the ending still surprised him: “The big climax of the story is completely satisfying and follows naturally from what we’ve learned throughout the book.”
“I’ve not encountered many authors in the horror genre who flex literary muscle as well as Gregory.” –Chance Maree on Out of My Mind
“This was an intriguing and gripping novella.” Yzabel Ginsberg on Y Logs
“I enjoyed it enough that I am really hoping Gregory is preparing a sequel as we speak.”–Bibliosnark, on Confessions of a Book Whore
There are a few more, but really, I think I’ve exhausted your patience. Thanks for indulging me.