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Download and read online Tell Them Katy Did and Other Short Stories in PDF and EPUB Publisher's Weekly has said that Victor J. Banis has "the master's touch in storytelling," and nowhere is this more true than in this collection. From horror to literary fiction, from contemporary characters to older settings, Banis continues to show why he is widely heralded for his talent and style. Compiled here for the first time in one volume are Banis' Untreed Reads short story releases. These include: Tell Them Katy Did The Kiss of Death Midnight Special Changing Views Neighbors Illusions Clouds The Princess of the Andes
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