The Unnerving

A collection of creepy tales inspired by the works of Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, and Jeffrey Ford.

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Book cover for "The Shape of Absence" showing the abstract design of a river flowing through the text "The. Shape of Absence" with the authors' names: Tom Beck and Kristin Paulson

The Shape of Absence

An absence lurks at the heart of this collection of twenty-one poems and illustrations. Part meditation on the passing of time, and part a measured search for the elusive words for grief, this collection explores the shapes, sounds, and textures of loss.

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Tom Beck’s first poetry chapbook, The Shape of Absence, was released in 2022. His work has been curated by Ribbons (Tanka Society of America), Train River, Flash Flood, and elsewhere. He writes creepy stories on his Substack, The Unnerving. He was born in Florida and lives outside of Minneapolis. Connect with him on Instagram (@tombeckwrites) and Farcaster (@tombeck).

A picture of the author Tom Beck sitting next to the window with his hand next to his head.