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Granta 117: Horror

Horror is everywhere - in cinema, in fiction, in real life. In this issue Paul Auster writes about the death of his mother, Will Self on his own rare blood-disease, and Mark Doty on desire, addiction and literature. We have fiction from Stephen King, Sarah Hall and Joy Williams, reportage from Peru and Sudan, and a themed costume fightclub in Los Angeles. As Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, ‘where there is no imagination there is no horror’. The issue also features cover art by The Chapman Brothers.

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In the Issue

Daniel Alarcón The Ground Floor
Paul Auster Your Birthday Has Come and Gone
Tom Bamforth The Mission
Roberto Bolaño The Colonel’s Son
Don DeLillo The Starveling
Mark Doty Insatiable
Sarah Hall She Murdered Mortal He
Stephen King The Dune
Julie Otsuka Diem Perdidi
Rajesh Parameswaran The Infamous Bengal Ming
D.A. Powell
Santiago Roncagliolo Deng’s Dogs
Will Self False Blood
Joy Williams Brass

Introducing

Kanitta Meechubot A Garden of Illuminating Existence

Artwork

Jake & Dinos Chapman

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Audio: Robert Coover reads his story ‘Vampire’. Will Self and Mark Doty discuss blood, addiction and sex. Don DeLillo and Paul Auster talk about living in and writing about New York.

New fiction from Madison Smartt Bell accompanied by his essay on Haitian Vodou and creative possession.

Stories about dubious inheritances by Olga Tokarczuk and Bonnie Nadzam.

New fiction from Toby Litt, Peter Orner, Erin Fisher and Peter C. Baker.

Chris Womersley’s story ‘A Lovely and Terrible Thing’ in three installments.

Patrick Ryan’s moving account of his dying father’s final days, spent immersed in a novel by his favourite author, Stephen King.

Poetry from Nobel Laureate, Tomas Tranströmer, Ben Okri and Richard Meier.

Roberto Bolaño inspired HTML5 animated experience, Ain’t Nothing But A Movie. Interview with one of the makers, Owen Freeman. Artistic director Michael Salu on the art of horror.

Caspar Henderson on his experiences with monsters, Stefan Merrill Block on growing up in the suicide capital of America and Richard Kerridge on trapping an adder as a boy.

Maaza Mengiste on the mummies of Palermo and Naomi Alderman on the meaning of zombies.

Scott Johnson on a brutal kidnapping in Iraq and Sharnush Parisur on life in an Iranian prison.

Interviews with Karen Russell and Justin Torres.

And letters from William Burroughs: ‘In order to earn my reputation I may have to start drinking my tea from a skull since this is the only vice remaining to me.’

Print Edition

Daniel Alacron’s odyssey into the world of the Foam Weapon League (FML), one of LA’s many venues for watching real fighting with fake blood. Lots of it.

Brass by Joy Williams.