Winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson award.
Also a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, and Sturgeon awards.
“This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities . . . dark, degenerate, and sublime.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review.
A novella available in trade paperback and ebook from Tachyon Publications.
Excerpt at Tor.com.
Now under development by Wes Craven’s production company (after Wes Craven died) as a TV show for the SyFy channel. (More here.)
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Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping.
Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his high tech glasses.
Unsurprisingly, no one believes their horrific tales, until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these ostensibly-insane outcasts form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within and which are lurking in plain sight.
Comments from Colleagues
“Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine is bitchin’ fun and as wicked and strange as a motorcycle leap through a ring of fire without your pants on. Loved it.”
—Joe R. Lansdale, author of Cold in July and the Hap and Leonard series
“Clever, and filled with the creeping dread of what’s in the flickering shadow next to you and what’s just around the corner that suffuses the best horror. I loved it.”
—Ellen Datlow, Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and International Horror Guild award-winning editor of The Best Horror of the Year series
“Charming and horrifying—you won’t be able to stop reading it.”
—Tim Powers, award-winning author of Declare and The Stress of Her Regard
“Daryl Gregory is a writer I would happily follow into any dark place he wanted me to go. This is a labyrinth of a story, intricate as a spider’s web—and like a spider’s web, each piece informs the whole. Beautiful.”
—Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye series and Half-Off Ragnarok
“A superb, haunting tale by one of our very best writers. Gregory’s characters are already in therapy; you may want to join them after reading this spicy, disturbing mélange.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
“[STARRED REVIEW] This complex novel—scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring—constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear. When enigmatic Dr. Jan Sayer gathers survivors of supernatural violence for therapy, she unwittingly unlocks evil from the prison of consciousness. Harrison, a cynical monster-hunter, wallows in lethargy. Suicidal Barbara burns to read the secret messages inscribed on her bones. Cantankerous Stan is the lone survivor of a cannibal feast. After paranoid Martin sees slithery spirits lingering around volatile Greta, a powerful young woman decorated with mystically charged scars, ancient evils usher the rag-tag survivors to a battle with the Hidden Ones, exiled deities trapped in prisons of flesh. Gregory’s beautiful imagery and metaphors bring bittersweet intimacy and tenderness to the primal wonder of star-lit legends. Isolated people, both victims and victimizers, are ghosts in a waking world, blind to their encounters with living nightmares. Blending the stark realism of pain and isolation with the liberating force of the fantastic, Gregory (Afterparty) makes it easy to believe that the world is an illusion, behind which lurks an alternative truth—dark, degenerate, and sublime.”
“…a clever and creepy horror tale…”
“Lovecraft meets Cabin in the Woods in this tale of survivors of various supernatural horrors who come together in a support group to try to heal….fascinating”
“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.”
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
“[Gregory’s] most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.”
—Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
“… funny in that dark and sarcastic way only people faced with unstoppable horror can be funny, and when you’re finished you’ll wish there was more.”
—Daytona Beach News Journal
“We Are All Completely Fine is something refreshing and unique—a short horror novel that is as much about relationships and people learning from one another as it is about the horrors that they are ultimately facing… .”
“…a little horrific, quite deep, and plenty surprising.”
“We Are All Completely Fine is a remarkably seductive piece of supernatural horror, drawing the innocent reader into the web by dealing with a familiar situation… .fascinating and engrossing… ”
—Thinking About Books
“This book is fast-paced, creepy, suspenseful, and yet surprisingly uplifting, with fleshed out characters I genuinely cared about… . This book is seriously awesome. Someone chain [Gregory] to a desk so he stops doing anything other than write.”
—SF Book Reviews
“I’ve not encountered many authors in the horror genre who flex literary muscle as well as Gregory. His approach was perfect for the story vehicle.”
—Out of My Mind
“Not for the faint of heart, We Are All Completely Fine is a great read!”
“Gregory does a masterful storytelling job here….”
“A must read”
18 thoughts on “We Are All Completely Fine”
Hi. This sounds like a very interesting book. I just finished reading “Second Person Present Tense” in 2005 Best SciFi and googled you. Thanks for writing!
No, thanks for reading!
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Sir thank you for this wonderful book! I just finished reading it and I must say its one of a kind.
I do hope you’re considering to do a sequel!
There’s just one thing that kept me thinking throughout and probably you’ve been asked this but…. Who is the narrator?!
Again more power sir!
This was something I asked myself repeatedly.
And I am also wondering if you wrote the sequel that was foretold when the group discussed the bones. I’m pretty sure that’s vague enough to not be a spoiler and specific enough that those who wrote and read it will know to what I refer. I found Harrison Squared, but according to the copyright dates, that’s a prequel. Nothing else I’ve seen sounds like a sequel, but I could be wrong? I’m hoping I’m wrong? In case I’m right, I picked up Pandemonium, Revelator, and Nine Last Days on Planet Earth, and can entertain myself with those while you write a sequel to We Are All Completely Fine. 😉.
I just finished reading “We Are All Completely Fine” and it was a great experience ! You are now on top my Authors to follow list. I ordered “Raising Stony Mayhall” just after that. I can hardly wait for it. Do you know if your other books will be published in France ? I hope so because for the instant, there’s just two of them and it’s not enough. Keep doing the great job !
Sorry about the delay in responding. I have on my desk two new contracts for Belial in France– so look for the French versions of Afterparty and Harrison Squared sometime next year!
Hi Mr. Gregory,
Thanks for responding. It’s great news to know that two of yours books will be edited in France. I saw on the Belial Website that Afterparty will be available on August 2016. Thanks to this publisher, you can count me among your faithful (french) readers.
My skin crawled around p. 36. I will never think about my bones the same way.
Mission accomplished! Thanks for reading, Kevin.
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