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Daryl Gregory

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12. August 2014
Harrison was the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he's in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time popping pills and not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by unreadable messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. Martin never takes off his sunglasses. Never. No one believes the extent of their horrific tales, not until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these seemingly-insane outcasts form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within--and which are lurking in plain sight.

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Praise for We Are All Completely Fine [STARRED REVIEW] "This complex novel--scathingly funny, horrific yet oddly inspiring--constructs a seductive puzzle from torn identities, focusing on both the value and peril of fear. When enigmatic Dr. Jan Sayer gathers survivors of supernatural violence for therapy, she unwittingly unlocks evil from the prison of consciousness. Harrison, a cynical monster-hunter, wallows in lethargy. Suicidal Barbara burns to read the secret messages inscribed on her bones. Cantankerous Stan is the lone survivor of a cannibal feast. After paranoid Martin sees slithery spirits lingering around volatile Greta, a powerful young woman decorated with mystically charged scars, ancient evils usher the rag-tag survivors to a battle with the Hidden Ones, exiled deities trapped in prisons of flesh. Gregory's beautiful imagery and metaphors bring bittersweet intimacy and tenderness to the primal wonder of star-lit legends. Isolated people, both victims and victimizers, are ghosts in a waking world, blind to their encounters with living nightmares. Blending the stark realism of pain and isolation with the liberating force of the fantastic, Gregory (Afterparty) makes it easy to believe that the world is an illusion, behind which lurks an alternative truth--dark, degenerate, and sublime." --Publishers Weekly "... a clever and creepy horror tale ..." --Library Journal "Clever, and filled with the creeping dread of what's in the flickering shadow next to you and what's just around the corner that suffuses the best horror. I loved it." --Ellen Datlow, Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and International Horror Guild award-winning editor of The Best Horror of the Year series "Charming and horrifying--you won't be able to stop reading it." --Tim Powers, award-winning author of Declare and The Stress of Her Regard "Daryl Gregory's We Are All Completely Fine is bitchin' fun and as wicked and strange as a motorcycle leap through a ring of fire without your pants on. Loved it." --Joe R. Lansdale, author of Cold in July and the Hap and Leonard series "Daryl Gregory is a writer I would happily follow into any dark place he wanted me to go. This is a labyrinth of a story, intricate as a spider's web--and like a spider's web, each piece informs the whole. Beautiful." --Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye series and Half-Off Ragnarok "A superb, haunting tale by one of our very best writers. Gregory's characters are already in therapy; you may want to join them after reading this spicy, disturbing melange." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues "... funny in that dark and sarcastic way only people faced with unstoppable horror can be funny, and when you're finished you'll wish there was more." --Daytona Beach News Journal "Lovecraft meets Cabin in the Woods in this tale of survivors of various supernatural horrors who come together in a support group to try to heal...fascinating" --Fantastic Reads "Gregory (Pandemonium, The Devil's Alphabet, et. al.) has done it again with yet another singularly unique, genre-blending masterwork about a support group of victims of paranormal violence who realize that their nightmarish traumas are all related. This creepy concoction of supernatural fiction, mystery, and horror is a dark little literary gem that readers will absolutely cherish." Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com "[Gregory's] most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror." --Locus "We Are All Completely Fine is something refreshing and unique--a short horror novel that is as much about relationships and people learning from one another as it is about the horrors that they are ultimately facing..." --LitReactor "...a little horrific, quite deep, and plenty surprising." --Bookworm Blues "We Are All Completely Fine is a remarkably seductive piece of supernatural horror, drawing the innocent reader into the web by dealing with a familiar situation...fascinating and engrossing... " --Thinking About Books "This book is fast-paced, creepy, suspenseful, and yet surprisingly uplifting, with fleshed out characters I genuinely cared about... This book is seriously awesome. Someone chain [Gregory] to a desk so he stops doing anything other than write." --SF Book Reviews "Not for the faint of heart, We Are All Completely Fine is a great read!" --Bibliophilic "I've not encountered many authors in the horror genre who flex literary muscle as well as Gregory. His approach was perfect for the story vehicle." --Out of My Mind "Gregory does a masterful storytelling job here..." --MT Void "A must read" --Buzz Feed Praise for Daryl Gregory "A bright new voice of the twenty-first century..." --Library Journal "Daryl Gregory has emerged as one of the most consistently interesting and yet least predictable writers of the last decade... A writer of startling depth and sensitivity, whose understanding of the delicate machinations of the heart trumps his need for superheroes, or even for neurology." -Locus "More than many novelists, Gregory's work not only withstands but grows richer with re-readings and sustained attention." -SF Signal "Wickedly clever entertainment." --San Francisco Chronicle on Pandemonium "A quietly brilliant second novel... A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation." --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Devil's Alphabet "Richly textured settings and nuanced characters mark this introspective novel." --Publishers Weekly on Raising Stony Mayhall "Compelling and creepy...evokes the best of Stephen King." --Kirkus on The Devil's Alphabet "Part superhero fiction, part zombie horror story, and part supernatural thriller, this luminous and compelling tale deserves a wide readership beyond genre fans." --Library Journal, starred review, on Raising Stony Mayhall "Raising Stony Mayhall, like all of Daryl Gregory's stories and novels... is so good that I grieved when I got to the last page." --Chris Roberson, New York Times bestselling author of iZombie

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Daryl Gregory is the award-winning author of novels including Pandemonium, The Devil's Alphabet, and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of Library Journal's best books of the year. His comics work includes Planet of the Apes and Dracula: The Company of Monsters (with Kurt Busiek).


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read 15. August 2014
Von Scarlet Aingeal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of We Are All Completely Fine from the publisher in return for an honest review.

We Are All Completely Fine is set around a group of normal people, all who have each had an extraordinary experience. An experience that has damaged their psyche. Can they recover? Will sharing their experience with a group help? Dr. Jan Sayer hopes so, she's set up a group, somewhere they can gather and share and hopefully heal from the events that brought each of them to the group.

The story reveals bit by bit, each of the members experience and the horror they lived through. It's like a puzzle, each experience being another part of the jigsaw, which as pieces are added, reveals a link, a link that then takes them on a journey together.

I really enjoyed this book, it was very cleverly executed. Each characters story was horrifying on it's own and they all came together at the end in a twist I did not see coming.

The only negative, I would have liked it to have been longer, there was potential there to make this a full novel, rather than a novella. I also wanted to know more about Harrison's experience too, it felt kind of brushed over compared to the back stories of the other characters.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Unsettling, Fast Read that Sticks with You 12. August 2014
Von Eric Christensen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was first introduced to Daryl Gregory via his recent book AFTERPARTY, after hearing rave reviews by Sarah Chorn of Bookworm Blues. I really enjoyed AFTERPARTY, so when I got the chance to review WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE, I jumped at the chance.

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE is the story of a support group for a very special set of victims. To quote the book blurb,

Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses.

Together, the group explores how people react to trauma: cynicism, depression, anger, and paranoia. They, and we, see the benefits and costs of fear–how it can motivate us and trap us.

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE mixes horror, mystery, fantasy, and more. Similarly, Gregory blends points of view, from first to third, to back again. This blending and refracting adds to the story’s unsettling nature. A dropped comment a chapter ago takes on a more sinister meaning when, two chapters later, we read from a different point of view. Harm and damage and survival take on more nuanced, complex meanings as the story progresses.

And what’s all the more impressive is that this is a novella–only 182 pages. I didn’t realize this going into the story. I started reading it while riding in the car from Nashville to DC. Normally when I read in the car, I read for about 10-15 minutes, then stop, then start again 30 minutes later. Not this time. I read it straight through. I couldn’t put it down.

Gregory is able to convey a lot of depth with quick cuts and small hints that build into a larger, interwoven story that hints at something even larger and more sinister. It’s an impressive feat. I would say it’s a fun read, but that is only how I view it now, days later. After closing the book, I had to start my driving shift, and to be honest, I couldn’t shake the story right away. It’s weird imagery and techniques stuck with me. And in my opinion, that’s the mark of a great read.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic Imagery, Well Written - Funny yet horrifying 19. September 2014
Von Maxine (Booklover Catlady) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Whee! That was awesome! Therapy group, supernatural happenings, monsters, spider webs, trauma, memories - what more could you want really? This therapy group is like no other. This novella had me intrigued and sucked in from the first sentence, I loved the way it unraveled and revealed itself to me until the very end. Fantastic out there fiction.

Picture this. A therapy group. A group of strangers. Everyone is wary of each other. Who wants to talk first? Then one by one the stories come out, the stories that nobody else believes. These are the special people, who have seen things beyond this world and into the next. But why are they meeting together? What is the purpose? Will it help?

This book literally takes you on a journey, one by one we hear the fantastic and often horrific tales of the trauma and events that each therapy group member has experienced, each and every one of them has a story to tell, some more ready than others to share.

It holds back pieces of information so that as you read along bits and pieces start to fall into place, and what seemed irrelevant and disconnected at first suddenly is terribly relevant and makes every bit of sense. It's a wonderful journey to go on.

Each individual character has their own terrible tale, they are here because only their therapist believes them, I mean we don't live in a world that crosses with the supernatural right? Wrong! So very wrong! The lines are blurry, are you willing to cross them?

For a short novella this packed a lot in and I absolutely loved it, I had no idea of where the book was headed but thought it was fantastic where it ended up. Very clever creative imagination at work from this author. Each individual tale is fascinating and different, I read this book and did not stop until the last word.

The book brings in aspects of the paranormal/supernatural world but cleverly, nothing is overt. Who are these people? Why are the meeting together? Is there a purpose at all? Possibly. I am not telling. You NEED to read it yourself. Oh yes indeedy, this is a fun yet slightly chilling and horrifying read.

There is some fantastic imagery and events at the end, and the last few pages I did not see coming and it left me feeling somewhat disturbed but happy. Yes, I don't understand it either.

4.5 stars from me, I wanted it to be longer, a full novel. I could see it as a fantastic movie or TV mini-series also. So go on, enter the world of the strange and terrifying, I did.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing and gripping 8. September 2014
Von Yzabel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

This was an intriguing and gripping novella, tackling a question that is probably seldom asked: what of the somewhat normal people in paranormal/supernatural stories, the ones who aren’t the powerful mage detective or powerful vampire or whatever, yet have also dealt with their share of anything-but-normal situations? What of those people’s psyche, can they ever go back to a semblance of normalcy, and how? In an attempt to reclaim their selves, five people gather around Dr. Jan Sayer to talk through their problems, some more reluctantly than others, gradually revealing what exactly happened to them, and how it left them scarred. Because no matter what befell them, whether true monsters or human cannibals or other deranged kinds of minds, it was just the right amount of too bizarre for them to find solace in traditional therapy, which basically ended up in a bunch of souls suffering without ever being able to truly express how… until the group started meeting, that is.

The world building rests on a lot of common themes, some well-known (Lovecraftian mythos—the town of Dunnmouth being obviously reminiscent of Innsmouth), some vague enough that they could be placed basically in any series, and all morbidly fascinating in their own ways. The family of human cannibals that fed off Stan’s and his friends’ bodies, for instance, is pretty close to typical stories of that kind (like the Sawney Bean clan). The Scrimshander could be a regular psychopath touched with a bit of sight… or something else altogether. Greta’s fiery little problem could be interpreted as a variety of spirits. As a result, I felt it allowed the story to fit a lot of potential settings, and gain a kind of legitimacy.

Though overall, I liked it a lot, I remain slightly frustrated. I wanted this book to be longer. I loved its premise, but I felt that it sometimes came short, and wasn’t exploited enough (especially when the doctor was concerned). The ending, too, left me somewhat dissatisfied, in that it seemed to leave the characters too close to where they started. In part, its outcome fits the bleak theme of the book as a whole, yet I couldn’t help but wonder if it went “far enough”.

A not about the style, quite atypical: a blend of first person plural (highlighting the sense of a collective, of a group) and third person. I thought it worked, but it could just as well detract from one’s enjoyment of the story. Be warned.

Nevertheless, I’d still recommend this novel no matter what.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Gregory’s ‘Completely Fine’ is monster-victim group therapy 20. August 2014
Von C. A. Bridges - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Once you’ve been saved from monsters by Mulder and Scully, or Sam and Dean, or some other supernatural hero, what then? Do you go on with your life and try to forget your brief skirmish with the dark and eldritch worlds that lurk beneath this one?

Actually, you probably go into therapy. And if there’s enough of you, your therapist may suggest a group.

In Daryl Gregory’s “We Are All Completely Fine,” everyone is anything but. There’s Stan, who was rescued from a cult of cannibals but not before they got his arms and legs. There’s Barbara, kidnapped by a serial mutilator who cut her flesh out of the way so he could carve pictures on her bones before sewing her back up to hide them forever. There’s Martin, survivor of a mysterious and deadly apartment fire, who sees demons with the videogame goggles he won’t take off. There’s Harrison, the new guy, who became a celebrated monster killer after his small town was visited by an unspecified, Lovecraftian horror and stories based on him became popular. And there’s Greta, who doesn’t talk and wears clothing that covers her from head to toe .

Each of them has a story to tell. In scenes painfully familiar to anyone who’s ever attended a group therapy session, none of them particularly wants to tell it, except for Stan, who won’t shut up about his. As they bicker and argue and gradually learn to open up to each other, it becomes obvious that the horrors of their past are far more connected than they would have dreamed.

"Greta pushed up her sleeve.

"Barbara’s first impression was of twine; white string that had been wound around her pale arm, arranged into swirls and blocky mazes and jagged bolts. These were not the pale, old scars or Barbara’s skin, or Stan’s gnarly keloids. The scars were precise markings, intricate as circuit boards, dense as text. They clearly continued up her arm.

"'Okay,' Stan said to Greta. 'You win.' "

What Gregory does so well is barely show you anything you want to see. “We Are All Completely Fine” easily could have been twice as long as the 192-page novella it is. Every character hints at a back story rich in dark fantasy and inventive malevolence, any one of which could be a novel on its own. Instead Gregory gives you just what you’d experience if you were sitting there with the group, and the story zips along at breakneck speed with a few surprises along the way.

“We Are All Completely Fine” is creepy rather than scary, unsettling rather than gory. But it’s also touching, and funny in that dark and sarcastic way only people faced with unstoppable horror can be funny, and when you’re finished you’ll wish there was more. And that’s not a bad way to end a therapy session.
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