Adam McOmber’s lush, hallucinatory stories are both familiar and wholly original. Drawn from the historical record, Biblical lore, fairy tales, science fiction, and nightmares, these offbeat and fantastical works explore gender and sexuality in their darkest and most beautiful manifestations. In the tradition of Angela Carter or Kelly Link, My House Gathers Desires is covertly funny and haunting, seeking fresh ways to consider sexual identity and its relation to history.
In "Sodom and Gomorrah," readers encounter a subversive, ecstatic new version of the Old Testament story. In "The Re’em," a medieval monk’s search for a mythic beast conjures forbidden desire. And in "Notes on Inversion," the German psychiatrist Kraft-Ebbing receives a surreal retort to his clinical descriptions of same-sex desire.
PRAISE FOR MY HOUSE GATHERS DESIRES
"Not only is the level of erudition and inquiry evident in these stories supremely impressive, Adam McOmber's storytelling skills are also sublime. He mines the darker corners of the human psyche and presents us with one vivid and startling discovery after another; he likewise finds the secret beating hearts of his characters' desires, longings that would be equally at home in a Poe or an Angela Carter story. This is a breathtaking new collection of stories."
—Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry
"Like the Wunderkammern of the 17th and 18th centuries—so named because they were supposed to evoke wonder, a state their assemblers felt precipitated all true knowledge—the cabinet of curiosity that is Adam McOmber's My House Gathers Desires will leave its readers in wonder, well on their way to discovering the nature of the relationship between doppelgängers, revenants, demons, and those haunted by them. It is an exquisite feeling, thrilling, terrifying and fascinating. I started reading the book again as soon as I had finished."
—Gabriel Blackwell, author of Madeleine E. and The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men
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