Everything You Need
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Everything You Need (2013)
A collection by Michael Marshall Smith

Art by Vincent Chong




An aimless driver in the mountains comes upon something that’s both more and less than he hoped for. A child discovers why you should always stay in bed if you wake up in the middle of the night. A homeowner unpacks the wrong bag of groceries, and comes to suspect his neighbors might have secrets that he doesn’t want to know. A cable shopping channel presenter is confronted with disgruntled customers from a *very* long way out of town ... and a man sets himself to rid the world of one of its most famous lies, and winds up destroying himself instead.

Michael Marshall Smith’s last short story collection was hailed as “stellar” by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) and a “major publishing event” by Ellen Datlow, and it won the International Horror Guild Award. You’re invited to return to the short fiction of New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author Michael Marshall Smith: it is Everything You Need.

This Is Now
Walking Wounded
The Seventeenth Kind
A Place For Everything
The Last Barbeque
The Stuff That Goes On In Their heads
The Good Listener
Different Now
Author Of The Death*
Sad, Dark Thing
What Happens When You Wake Up In The Night
The Things He Said
The Woodcutter*
Everything You Need*
Story Notes
*Original to this collection

Everything You Need will be released mid 2013 in the following editions:

Numbered edition: 1000 copies, signed by the author, $45


Lettered edition: 26 traycased hardcovers, book and traycase completely hand made using the finest materials, signed by all contributors on an illustrated limitation sheet, $500




“This satisfying collection of 17 stories, five of which are originals, showcases Smith’s knack for the uncanny. Smith pulls together dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction, with each piece taking place in a world just one step away from our own—so familiar, and yet, at the same time, not quite right. These moody stories will draw in anyone with an interest in the strange.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The book features seventeen tales, both original and reprints, in which Smith displays his incredible ability as a storyteller creating memorable examples of gripping, disquieting dark fiction. A marvellous collection which simply cannot be missed.”
—SF Site


“It’s not his craft and skill that Michael Marshall Smith displays in his short stories that I object to. It’s not the easy wit, or the comfortable way he deploys language as a weapon. It’s not even that way that he can conjure people so real in so few words. It’s that, when a Mike Smith short story is over, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be some moment, scene, or revelation frozen in the back of my mind that I’ll never be able to get out of my head, not even if I scrub it with wire wool so it bleeds.”
—Neil Gaiman

 “[Smith] recalls Stephen King’s ability to set a story in the world of the commonplace, then suddenly jolt it into a more hellish realm.”
—Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Smith writes the kind of dreams we don't like to talk about, but can't get out of our minds once we've had them.”
—Jonathan Carroll

 “Smith's hauntingly nasty stories are laced with an odd sort of beauty.”

“Michael Marshall Smith's short stories are consistently sharp, slick, original, witty, disquieting, entertaining, and plain brilliant.”
—Graham Joyce

“The pacing is excellent, the plotting brisk ... scary brilliance.”
—Baltimore Sun on KILLER MOVE

“A masterpiece . . . brilliantly written and scary as hell.”
—Stephen King on THE STRAW MEN

“A well-constructed, terrifying story.”

“A genuinely scary thriller with satisfyingly malevolent villains.”
The Sun Herald (Sydney) on BAD THINGS

“One of the most accomplished short story writers of his generation.”
—Stephen Jones, award-winning editor of THE BEST NEW HORROR series

“Smith’s greatest strength as a storyteller: his ability to take a common everyday occurance like a bullied child or a marital argument and take it someplace unforgettably macabre. Reading a short story by Michael Marshall Smith is like slowly opening a piece of intricate origami only to find a bloody fingernail hidden inside one of the paper folds.”

“Smith has a knack for taking relatively simple situations and casting them as symbolic of more macroscopic issues, and representative of situations that most, if not all, of us will face. Smith is one of our very best authors of short dark speculative fiction, period. Bracketed with fantastic art by Vincent Chong and capped by Smith’s highly engaging story notes, Everything You Need is definitely something you need.”