We Are Still Here, by Emily Koon
About We Are Still Here:
We Are Still Here contains an eclectic mix of stories and fairy tales, in which readers encounter ghosts, UPS drivers, Lizzie Borden, and goblins. In the title story, a family visiting an amusement park flees after a fatal roller coaster accident, only to find the real horror is on the chairlifts. In “The People Who Live in the Sears,” people who find the world too painful to live in make new lives in their local Sears department store. In “The Ghosts of St. Louis,” two teenagers living in a futuristic North America attempt to find their place in a dying world. Battling domestic intruders, climate change and the dark places within themselves, the characters in these stories are holding on for dear life to their homes, their sanity, and the strange landscapes of space, time, and memory they inhabit.
About the Author:
Emily Koon is a fiction writer from North Carolina. She has work in Potomac Review, The Rumpus, Portland Review, Atticus Review, and other places. We Are Still Here was selected by Matt Bell as winner of the Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest. Emily previously won The Conium Review’s 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest, judged by Amelia Gray.
Praise for We Are Still Here:
“Emily Koon’s We Are Still Here is a smart and surprising debut, with each story alive to the many absurdities of life—as well as the joys and the heartbreaks those absurdities contain. Funny and inventive, this book will thrill fans of Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, or Laura van den Berg, while introducing readers to Koon’s own exciting talent.” --Matt Bell, author of Scrapper
“Intelligent and wide ranging, wise and riotus, Emily Koon’s stories are brimming with imagination and brilliantly told. Fans of George Saunders and Kelly Link will find much to love.” --Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot
"Throughout, Koon’s elegant sentences bring humor to what could otherwise be morbid tales. Offering up a mixture a flash fiction and disarming character portraits, Koon delivers a beguiling, fresh collection." --Publisher's Weekly