The Bottom Line: 'Voices In The Night' By Steven Millhauser

April 9, 2015 12:36 PM

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The Bottom Line: 'Voices In The Night' By Steven Millhauser

The towns in Steven Millhauser’s stories are haunted. The characters -- nearly all of them -- are frenzied. They see phantoms, they fixate on surreal happenings, they hear voices in the night. But Millhauser isn’t a horror writer; his latest collection elegantly toes the line between the real and the surreal, and many of the stories examine how we attempt to collectively explain the unexplainable.

In “Phantoms,” the people of a small, relatively affluent suburban city have written a report on a phenomenon unique to their home. From childhood to adulthood, they occasionally spot otherworldly humanoids, who’ll make lingering eye contact with the viewer before vanishing. The story is broken down...

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