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Wrong Things is a short story collection by Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlin R. Kiernan.[1][2] It was released by Subterranean Press in 2001. The cover art and illustrations were provided by Canadian artist Richard A. Kirk.[3] Kiernan's solo contribution to the book, "Onion", received the 2001 International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Story[4] and was chosen for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Fifteenth Annual Collection (edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow; St. Martin's, 2001). Kiernan and Brite's collaborative story, "The Rest of the Wrong Thing," is set in Brite's fictional town of Missing Mile, also appearing in his novels Lost Souls (1992) and Drawing Blood (1993). This is the second short story the two authors have coauthored, the first being "Night Story 1973," which appeared in Kiernan's collection, From Weird and Distant Shores (2002).

Wrong Things
First edition of "Wrong Things" by Brite and Kiernan
First edition cover
AuthorPoppy Brite, Caitlin Kiernan
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublishedBurton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2001.
Media typeBook, collection


  • "The Crystal Empire" (Poppy Z. Brite)
  • "Onion" (Caitlin R. Kiernan)
  • "The Rest of the Wrong Thing" (Brite and Kiernan)
  • Afterword (Caitlin R. Kiernan)



  1. ^ "Wrong Things". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  2. ^ Zaleski, Jeff (2001-10-22). "Wrong Things (Book Review)". Publisher's Weekly. 248 (43). Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  3. ^ Kirk, Richard. "A Wrong Thing". Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  4. ^ "International Horror Guild Award Recipients 2001". International Horror Guild. Retrieved 2 April 2014.