James Hynes is the author of The Wild Colonial Boy and The Lecturer's Tale, a New York Times Notable Book. His television criticism has appeared in Mother Jones and the Utne Reader. He lives in Austin, Texas.
"Entirely delightful . . . wickedly funny . . . There hasn't been a genuinely adroit novel of academic manners since Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World"Original, droll, startling . . . Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror." --Kirkus Reviews"A perfect blend of dark comedy and the ghost story, reminiscent of the best of T. C. Boyle and the best of Poe." --David Treuer, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Hynes must have struck a pact with the devil when he began writing these tales because their tone is perfect." --Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio"Riveting . . . exhilarating . . . a work of sheer joy." --The New York Times Book Review"Deliciously creepy novellas . . . Hynes's writing is diamond sharp, revealing his characters' souls as surely as a Judgement Day angel." --Amy Waldman, People