, At the core of Adam Marek's much-anticipated second short story collection is a single, unifying theme: a parent's instinct to protect a vulnerable child. Whether set amid unnerving visions of the near-future or grounded in the domestic here and now, these stories demonstrate that, sometimes, only outright surrealism can do justice to the merciless strangeness of reality and that only the fantastically illogical can steel us against what ordinary life threatens. Marek has blended futuristic technology, sinister traditions, and scientifically grounded superpowers into a menagerie where the absurd and the mundane are not merely bedfellows, but interbreed. In these vignettes, absurdism, surrealism, and fantasy bleed into one, causing the reader to take huge imaginative leaps while still keeping one foot firmly in reality. This strange and startling fictional world is accompanied by bonus BackLit materials which include an introduction and overview of Marek's stories.