You Know You Want This
‘It’s a new literary genre… Supernatural horror meets bedroom politics’ Sunday Times
‘If you enjoyed Cat Person, this is for you’ Evening Standard
These are stories of women’s lives now. They also happen to be horror stories. In some, women endure the horror. In others, they inflict it.
Here are women at work, at home, on dates, at the doctor’s, with their families and with their friends. Here are women grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger. These are stories to make you feel fascinated but repelled, scared but delighted, revolted but aroused.
Previously published as You Know You Want This
Wholly engrossing. -- Hayley Maitland * Vogue * It's only a matter of time before you find yourself thumping someone's dinner table vigorously as you discuss [You Know You Want This]... Roupenian's latest tales are sexy, chilling and disturbingly gruesome in finest fairytale tradition... Think Delta of Venus meets Angela Carter meets Bridesmaids. -- Harriet Walker * The Times * Roupenian is in possession of [a] formidable talent... the inner worlds of her narrators are always lifelike. She allows us to embody these characters wholly which is always an unsettling journey... [You Know You Want This] will leave you gasping. -- Sophie White * Irish Independent * You Know You Want This at once enchants and horrifies... [Roupenian's] writing recalls the gloomy feminist fairy-tales of Angela Carter. This collection cements her reputation as one of the most startling new voices in fiction. * Economist * I kept getting lured into another and another [of the stories]... [Kristen Roupenian has] one of those brains that feel out-of-this-world brilliant and also completely askew... What's special about Cat Person, and the rest of the stories in You Know You Want This is the author's expert control of language, character, story - her ability to write stories that feel told, and yet so unpretentious and accessible that we think they must be true. -- Lauren Holmes * New York Times *
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