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if you’re looking for a delightful amuse-bouche of a horror story…

The Laws of the SkiesThe Laws of the Skies by Grégoire Courtois

Here’s a lovely little tale about a class of six-year-olds on their first overnight camping trip. Things don’t go quite as expected. This very short novel is relentless, ruthless, and unbelievably cruel to both the reader and the characters alike. It gripped me, and it horrified me, and you should read it, not just because it gleefully stomps on every convention of story-telling, but also because it does so in such a clever, literary, and playfully metafictional way. Great fun. In its execution it reminds me of Michael Haneke’s film Funny Games.

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