Where Does Evil Truly Lurk?
The Edgar Award–winning short story from the author of
Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects, published for the first time as a stand-alone book
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.
WBEZ in Chicago host Rachel Martin, speaks with author Gillian Flynn about this “slim little volume of chills” known as THE GROWNUP and the author’s uncanny feel for what is scary. Click the image below to access audio of the interview and to view the transcript.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gillian Flynn burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with the publication of her debut novel, Sharp Objects, which received rave reviews, won multiple awards, was a Barnes & Noble Discover and a BookSense Pick, and sold in twenty-two countries. It is being developed as a serialized drama by Entertainment One Television, with Flynn serving as an executive producer. Her second novel, Dark Places, was an even bigger success story, landing on the New York Times bestseller list following glorious reviews (including The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly Best of the Year lists), movie and foreign rights deals, a Black Quill Award, and an Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award nomination.
The publication of Gone Girl in 2012 turned Gillian Flynn into a household name. Gone Girl went on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller and was hailed by all major publications as a masterpiece to read and immediately discuss with everyone you know. It was nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, an IMPAC Award, an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, a Shirley Jackson Award, and an Anthony Award, among others, and won the International Author of the Year Award (National Book Awards, UK) as well as the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle (France). Gone Girl was also made into a major motion picture—for which Flynn wrote the screenplay—distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club), starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, and Lisa Banes.