Florida Gothic Stories
With an Introduction by Megan Abbott and an Afterword by Michael Connelly
Florida Gothic Stories contains 11 of Vicki Hendricks' best, some previously published and some new to this volume. Hendricks' stories are riveting and unsettling — some offer surreal sojourns into the dark side of magical realism while others are pure Florida noir, with a full menu of characters twisted and damaged, yet with a gritty determination to survive. Hendricks' imagination knows no boundaries and plumbs the depths of both the human and nonhuman psyche, where the unexpected waits at every plot twist and animal instincts can kick into action at the snap of a twig.
Praise for Florida Gothic Stories
“Hendricks may be the least commercial but most literary of Florida crime writers. Her new collection will do nothing to dispel either of these claims. . . As the title suggests, these stories evoke Flannery O’Connor and Erskine Caldwell.”
“Vicki Hendricks takes us into her Florida, peninsula of dream and steam, full of beautiful, dangerous human beasts. Watch out: something unexpected always lurks in that most Gothic of hiding places, the heart.”
— Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies.
“This Vicki Hendricks is one wild dame. She goes places the rest of us have never been don’t even know the way to; and she comes back with stories that prove that everyone’s lonely, everyone’s trying, and everyone’s human. Even when they’re not."
— S.J. Rosan, author of The Shanghai Moon
Dangerous Sex: Three Stories
Three short, sexually graphic stories stories with a twist. 1) Women turn the tables on a randy cable repairman and events become violent. 2) A woman with her own penis can't stop using it. 3) A goofy young guy learns a somewhat painful lesson about love from a middle-aged woman.