Worse Than Myself



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Light crept across the snow in the backyard and the snow became blindingly bright—it seemed more than white, seemed more like empty space, like a crisp sheet of paper just fed through the roller of a typewriter.

Adam Golaski spins dark, weird tales in the original sense of the word: uncanny, unearthly, sometimes fantastic and always slightly off-center. These are stories to be savored late at night in bed, read by the light of a single lamp in an empty, dark house.

What They’re Saying About Worse Than Myself

“Without reservation I can say that those who enjoy strange fiction will love Worse Than Myself. Mr. Golaski practices a brand of the craft that puts a premium on atmosphere and imagery and his stories linger in the mind long after the reader has finished them and moved on.”
—Speculative Fiction Junkie

“Adam Golaski has an enviable talent for the insidiously weird. His images creep into the imagination and stay in the mind like nightmares you didn’t know you had. He’s a writer of real originality, subtlety, and eloquent suggestiveness.”
—Ramsey Campbell, The Grin of the Dark

“A strong collection with enough variation to keep readers riveted from the first story to the last. Worse Than Myself has the impulses of traditional horror but keeps things a little more open, inflecting the forms we’re familiar with and making them startlingly fresh again.”
—Brian Evenson, author of The Open Curtain

“In spare, luminous prose, Golaski conjures a unique blend of strangeness
and menace. His vividly real characters are illuminated by the
supernatural, even as it disrupts and changes their lives in ways that
are variously enigmatic, disturbing and downright frightening.”
—Christopher Harman, author of In the Fields and The Last to Be

“Lyrical, unsettling, and deeply evocative, Adam Golaski’s stories lure readers through deceptively familiar portals: rural roadside diners, uninhabited river islands, shadowed woods. But inside are worlds fresh and strange, haunted as much by loneliness as fear, where the living and the less-than-dead alternately terrify and cling to each other.”
—Glen Hirshberg, American Morons
Table of Contents

One: New England & New York
The Animator’s House
In the Cellar
The Animal Aspect of Her Movement
The Demon
Back Home
A String of Lights

Two: Montana
What Water Reveals
They Look Like Little Girls
The Man from the Peak
The Dead Gather on the Bridge to Seattle
Weird Furka