Praise for Holly Phillips's At the Edge of Waking
"'She knows what to do with shadows,' Peter S. Beagle writes with
perfect accuracy in his introduction to this moody, haunting collection
from fantasist Phillips. 'Gin' and 'Country Mothers' Sons' depict
families with dangerous secrets: alcoholism and lycanthropy. The
dehumanizing realities of war and its consequences form the foundations
of 'Brother of the Moon' and 'Virgin of the Sands.' In 'The Rescue,' a
young woman is imprisoned in a mental hospital as a hostage to ensure
her rebellious family's cooperation. A mild-mannered historian is
saddled with the role of protecting the world's magic in 'Proving the
Rule.' The most haunting stories reveal the alien and strange beneath
the normal: life forms under the Antarctic ice in 'Cold Water Survival,'
the troubled writer of 'Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom' whose muse
offers another reality beyond the unkind real world, and the murky,
potentially dangerous line between imagination and illusion in 'Castle
Rock.' Phillips's crisp, dense writing draws readers into intimate,
seductive worlds of shadow and emotion."
"Superb prose . . . I'll just end by giving this collection my highest
possible recommendation as one of the best books of 2012."