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What Are You Afraid Of?

Michael Hyde


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Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2005.

Powerful and haunting, the ten stories of this debut collection imagine a world where dreams and reality merge, often with dangerous consequences. Michael Hyde explores the relationships between illusion and reality, delusion and clarity, as his characters come to realize that the revelations they wholeheartedly pursue are often not the ones that await them and will move them. A teenage girl obsessed with the death of a classmate hopes to become the killer's next victim, a wayward graveyard attendant punishes the dead for his punishments in life, and a ghostly vision in a garden shed offers a catalyst for one woman's change.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574412017, 176pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2005

About the Author

Michael Hyde received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.F.A. from the Writing Program at Columbia University. His short fiction has appeared in Ontario Review, Bloom, Xconnect, Mars Hill Review, New Millennium Writings, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in New York City where he teaches writing and literature at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has recently completed a novel.