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Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo DÃ¡vila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, DÃ¡vila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, 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 readingThe Houseguest—DÃ¡vila’s debut collection in English—you’ll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.