Brief and terrifying, The Houseguest leaves one feeling that nothing is solid, that reality is a precarious and ever-changing thing, and that it doesn’t take much to render the ordinary unrecognizable.

—Lauren P., Powell’s Bookstore

Available November 27, 2018

The Houseguest

Fiction by Amparo Dávila

Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish reading each one gasping for air.

With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, loneliness, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form of strange and very real creatures. After reading The Houseguest—her debut collection in English—you’ll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.

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Paperback (published November 27, 2018)

ISBN
9780811228213
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144
ISBN
9780811228220

Amparo Dávila

Mexican short story writer

Brief and terrifying, The Houseguest leaves one feeling that nothing is solid, that reality is a precarious and ever-changing thing, and that it doesn’t take much to render the ordinary unrecognizable.

—Lauren P., Powell’s Bookstore

Like Poe for the new millennium.

Kirkus

The Houseguest will make you paranoid; you will second guess every shadow and slight movement that catches your eye. Amparo Dávila’s prose, her psychological awareness, and the beauty of her characters’ misery is encompassing. I cannot believe that this is the first that I am experiencing Dávila in English.

—Nick Buzanski, Book Culture

It’s a thrill to find that the rumors about Amparo Dávila’s stories are utterly true. In barely seven pages, The Houseguest, her titular tale, distills fear and madness into an iconic horror story. While her work inevitably attracts comparisons to Leonora Carrington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shirley Jackson, Dávila is a singular talent.

—Stephanie Valdez, Co-owner of Community Bookstore

The work of Amparo Dávila is unique in Mexican Literature. There is no one like her, no one with that introspection and complexity.

—Elena Poniatowska

Amparo Dávila’s work reveals a short-storyteller equal to the best practitioners of that form in Latin America. The subject matter of her tales is universal. Amparo’s admirable stories, combining the everyday with the fantastic in human experience, give her work an artistic integrity found only in the creations of the Argentine master Jorge Luis Borges.

The New York Times

Extraordinary.

—Julio Cortázar

Filled with nightmarish imagery (“Sometimes I saw hundreds of small eyes fastened to the dripping windowpanes”) and creeping dread, Dávila’s stories plunge into the nature of fear, proving its force no matter if its origin is physical or psychological, real or imagined.

Publishers Weekly