Who hasn't stared out into the trees and wondered what magic still lingered within their depths? In The World More Full of Weeping the wonder and dread of the wilderness are firmly on display. When young Brian Page disappears into the woods behind his home, are we left with a chilling tale of literary horror or a little boy's dream come true?'s novella
When Brian's father, Jeff, was a boy he went missing in those very same woods, though he has no memory of his time away. When his son doesn't come home for a scheduled trip with his mother, is the boy merely acting out because he doesn't want to go, or is something more sinister at play? What secrets live in the depths of the wild just outside Page's home?
Wiersema untangles these questions beautifully. Alternating between Jeff and Brian's perceptions, the story can be read as a bittersweet magical fantasy or a tale of creeping horror, depending on what the reader brings to the tale.
The novella also includes an interesting essay on how the author approaches his sense of place and setting within his works, not only in The World More Full of Weeping, but also in his debut novel, Before I Wake.
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