Big Bad

Appearance Date: 11/6/2021

Within the thirteen stories of Whitney Collins’s Big Bad dwells a hunger that’s dark, deep, and hilarious. Part domestic horror, part flyover gothic, Big Bad serves up real-world predicaments in unremarkable places (motels, dormitories, tiki bars), all with Collins’s heart-wrenching flavor of magical realism. A young woman must give birth to future iterations of herself; a widower kills a horse enroute to his grandson’s circumcision; a conflicted summer camper is haunted by a glass eye and motorcycle crash. Collins’s cast of characters must repeatedly choose to fight or flee the “big bad” that dwells within us all. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and boasting a 2020 Pushcart-winning story, Big Bad simultaneously entertains and disconcerts.

Meet the Author

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Whitney Collins

Whitney Collins is the author of the short story collection, Big Bad (Sarabande Books), which won the 2019 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. She received a 2020 Pushcart Prize, a 2020 Pushcart Special Mention, and the 2020 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. Whitney’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Shenandoah, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Slice, The Greensboro Review, The Pinch, Ninth Letter, Grist, and Catapult’s Tiny Nightmares anthology, among others. Previously, Whitney was a contributing editor for The Weeklings, a book reviewer for Barnes & Noble, and an editorial board member of The Big Jewel. Her nonfiction has appeared on various sites, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Salon. She received her MFA from Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.