The Cook by Harry Kressing
Tradepaperback – Valancourt Books – May2015 – 173 pages
The Cook opens with Conrad, nearly seven feet tall, gaunt, and dressed all in black, arriving on his bicycle in the town of Cobb. He quickly secures a job as cook for the wealthy Hill family, winning their hearts and stomachs with his delectable dishes, and before long he has everyone around him eating out of his hand. But Conrad has a sinister, inscrutable plan in view, and after becoming master of their palates, next may be their souls . . .
A mouth-watering blend of delicious black humor and Kafkaesque horror story, The Cook (1965) is a dark fable “beginning in a vein of innocent fairy tale and ending with satanic revels” (The Observer). Long out of print, this cult classic returns in a new edition featuring Milton Glaser’s iconic dust jacket art from the first edition.