Anything is possible: people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class; beneath one great city lies another city, running it surreptitiously; an employee finds that her hair has been stolen by someone intent on getting her job; strange fish fall from trees and birds talk too much; a boy tries to figure out what he can get when the Rapture leaves good stuff behind. Everything is familiar; everything is different. Behind it all, is there some strange kind of design or merely just the chance to adapt? In Karen Heuler’s stories, characters cope with the strange without thinking it’s strange, sometimes invested in what’s going on, sometimes trapped by it, but always finding their own way in.
Karen Heuler's stories have appeared in over sixty literary and speculative journals and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Weird Tales. She has won an O. Henry award, was short-listed for the Iowa Short Fiction award, nominated for Pushcart and Best American Short Story awards, and was a finalist for the Bellwether Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. The New York Times called her first collection, The Other Door, "haunting and quirky." Her novels, including The Soft Room and Journey to Bom Goody, introduce readers to a world of unexpected stories and choices, some of them clear and some of them tricky.