Haunting, varied, and superbly written, Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales is a collection of stories immersed in the Gothic tradition yet told in a modern and inventive way. At the end of the First World War, a group of friends gather at a former Robber Baron estate on Eastern Long Island, only to learn the house holds a monstrous secret. In a Montana prison in 1988, a new dog training program goes awry with horrifying results. A Parisian cemetery in the mid-20th century is home to the ghosts of two centuries of poets, artists, and composers, the specters of a homeless woman's past, and the jolting reality of the modern world. Knitting together the ordinary, the extraordinary, and the supernatural, Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales is a boldly imagined literary work by a masterful new storyteller.
"At a time when most authors of contemporary literature seem obsessed with humor and shying away from documenting the painful aspects of our existence, Erica-Lynn Huberty [has written] a book of stories whose immediate goal is not to entertain or humor us, but to liberate us from this desire..." -Mohammed Naseehu Ali, author of The Prophet of Zongo Street
"... a distinctly American investigation of the emotional corners into which people retreat to pass their lives..." -Hilary Thayer Hamann, author of Anthropology of an American Girl
"In Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales, Erica-Lynn Huberty reminds us what fiction is all about: beautiful writing, vivid characters, and an imagination that truly soars. A remarkable debut." -Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and Comfort