Kristen Roupenian’s name is completely new to me, and I imagine it’s new to most of you as well. This is her first piece to appear in The New Yorker, and she has not yet published a book. She relatively young and, in her interview with Deborah Treisman, says she has only really committed herself to writing over the past five years while completely an M.F.A. at the University of Michigan. If you do some looking online, you’ll see some of her work and that last year her story “Don’t Be Scared” won the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award. That story is noted as being a horror story. With some of her work being reviewed at Weird Fiction Review, and with the title of her New Yorker debut hearkening to Val Lewton’s and Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People, I think we can hope for a strange story to get us into the holiday spirit!
I look forward to your thoughts in the comments below!