The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

A highly underrated 20th century writer presents a wealth of American eccentrics, including heat-stroked widows, hypnotizing predators, and a boy who swallows his father's wedding ring.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.