I found the collection far more harrowing than most modern horror; not only because of the almost unbroken succession of downbeat endings, but also because the accurate evocation of the horror of being placed in an untenable position, of a relationship going wrong, of a home no longer being a place of safety and comfort, of loneliness, anxiety and fear, hits closer to us than fear of Lovecraftian beasties, brain-eating zombies or giant rats (mice, crabs, dogs, newts, voles, and silverfish ad nauseum) can ever do. Tuttle's horror is not cathartic. It isn't reassuring. But she surely does show you her view of the monster.
A Nest of Nightmares is without doubt one of the finest collections of horror stories to appear for many years. On the basis of this volume alone, Lisa Tuttle has become a major force in macabre fiction
The best contemporary horror collection published in the last year
The most significant book of its kind to take a consistently feminist approach to horror fiction.
Lisa Tuttle never disappoints
Lisa Tuttle is a subtle and clever writer whose fantasy deals with the world we all believe we have sensed from time to time out of the corners of our eyes.
This John W. Campbell Award-winning author remains one of fantasy's best
Tuttle is a sweet relief . . . Tuttle's books are messy and chaotic. They feel desperate. They feel human. They feel like real life.
She brings to the literature a subtlety and power, which, sometimes shading into horror, is a quite distinctive voice demanding to be heard . . . exceptional, very female, art.
Lisa Tuttle's best fiction is like a slow settling of vast planes of thought and emotion-luminous, quiet, wry, and often bitter.