A Tree or a Person or a Wall
Stories by Matt Bell
Recorded at DuArt Studios, NYC
Read by: Karen Chilton, Andrea Gallo, Andrew Garman,
T. Ryder Smith
Parents and children, murderers and monsters, wild renditions of the past, and stunning visions of the present, all of which build to a virtuoso reimagining of our world.
A 19th-century minister builds an elaborate motor that will bring about the Second Coming. A man with rough hands locks a boy in a room with an albino ape. An apocalyptic army falls under a veil of forgetfulness. The story of Red Riding Hood is run through a potentially endless series of iterations. A father invents an elaborate, consuming game for his hospitalized son. Indexes, maps, a checkered shirt buried beneath a blanket of snow: they are scattered through these pages as clues to mysteries that may never be solved, ingering evidence of the violence and unknowability of the world.
"A Tree or a Person or a Wall" brings together Bell’s previously published shorter fiction—the story collection "How They Were Found" and the acclaimed novella "Cataclysm Baby" — along with seven dark and disturbing new stories.
- Publisher’s summary