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John Darnielle: Universal Harvester 

When: Tue., Feb. 13, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: free

John Darnielle's Universal Harvester, newly published in paperback, is set at the end of the 1990s, when corporate chains were finishing off small-town video rental stores like the one where Jeremy works. His mother's death has bound him into a kinship of grief with his father. But his inert life is disrupted when customers start seeing weird bits of film spliced into rental tapes like She's All That—cryptic snippets, shot in a dark shed. Found-footage horror has thoroughly infested cinema, so why shouldn't it metastasize into novels? But this feint toward literary torture porn isn't what it seems. Cloaked in light horror, it's really a book about families navigating absences, and how we all long to edit our own stories. —Brian Howe



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