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Books and Reviews


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Narrated by Carol Monda

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"A lucid and beautifully rendered tale of an aging and damaged punk photographer's journey from the safety of the streets of New York into the wilds of Maine. Great, unforgiving wilderness, a vanished teenager, an excellent villain, and an obsession with art that shades into death: what else do you need? An excellent book."
Brian Evenson

"Cass Neary, the battle-scarred shutterbug of Elizabeth Hand's incendiary literary thriller "Generation Loss" ... is a marvel, someone with whom we take the difficult journey toward delayed adulthood, wishing her encouragement despite grave odds."
Los Angeles Times

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Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal. But thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out. Then an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption.

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Obsessive love between two young cousins in a once-great New York theatrical clan, set against the backdrop of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and the ruins of their family's Hudson Valley compound.

The multiple award-winning PS Publishing edition of the new novella ILLYRIA is now available. PS will be treating this as one of their normal novellas. There'll be 500 unsigned trade hardcovers (priced at $18/£10) and 300 dust-jacketed signed hardcovers (priced at $45/£25). Of these, copies will be sent out free of charge to all subscribers to PS's Postscripts magazine, recipient of this year's International Horror Guild Award for Best Periodical.

You can buy ILLYRIA direct from PS by logging onto http://www.pspublishing.co.uk Or, better still, nab yourself a free copy by subscribing to Postscripts, which, according to Gardner Dozois, is "the most promising new magazine of the 21st Century."


SAFFRON AND BRIMSTONE includes three stores from the World Fantasy Award-winning collection BIBLIOMANCY (CHIP CROCKETT'S CHRISMAS CAROL is available, published separately by London's Beccon Press), in addition to more recently published fiction. It will feature work original to the collection, as well as the first appearance of the story suite "The Lost Domain," four takes on my muse which have appeared in various publications but were written to be read in sequence.


"Enthusiasts for Hand's sensuously descriptive brand of literary fantasy are in for a treat with her latest collection of short fiction. Aptly subtitled "strange stories," the eight superbly crafted tales share Hand's predilection for probing the translucent borderline between magic and reality. A young lepidopterist spends a summer volunteering at London's Regent's Park Zoo and discovers a talent for transforming her lovers into rare butterfly specimens. The tattoo-artist daughter of a children's book writer finds a tarot deck once owned by a colleague of her famous mother and watches her destiny become inexplicably intertwined with the cards. In a separate section entitled "The Lost Domain," Hand offers four contemplative tales about transient relationships that she links by using poignant, recurring themes: the fragility of intimacy, the insidious unraveling of civilization following 9/11, the influence of Greek myth on modern love. Her beautifully nuanced, often disquieting style should inspire poets as well as lay down the gauntlet to colleagues also reaching for expressive heights in contemporary fantasy."

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After Dr. Frankenstein's and Dr. Pretorious's prized creation survives the conflagration that was meant to destroy her, she seeks vengeance and wreaks havoc on a Fury's tour through the erotic and criminal underworld of Weimar Berlin.

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Hand explores the theme of artistic inspiration and its dangerous devolvement into obsession and madness through three interwoven narrative threads in this superb dark fantasy novel... Hand does a marvelous job of making the ineffable tangible, lacing her tale with references to the work of artists ranging from Algernon Swinburne to Kurt Cobain and capturing the intense emotions of her characters in exquisitely sculpted prose. With its authentic period detail and tantalizing spirit of mystery, this timeless tale of desire and passion should reach many readers beyond her usual fantasy base.

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From Elizabeth Hand, one of America's leading literary fantasists, comes a collection of extraordinary novellas of damnation and dark revelation, epiphany and redemption. Written in the author's characteristic poetic prose, and rich with the detail of lives traumatic yet luminously transformed, these stories form a remarkable tapestry interweaving the supernatural and the mundane.

Bibliomancy won the World Fantasy Award and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers of America, a Intenational Horror Guild Award, and appeared on Locus Magazine's Year's Best lists.

The collection includes the first print appearance of the short novel "Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol," along with "The Least Trumps", "Cleopatra Brimstone" and "Pavane for a Prince of the Air". Introduction by Lucius Shephard and story notes by the author. Cover art by 19th century painter John Anster Fitzgerald. (see left) Both "Pavane for a Prince of the Air" and "Cleopatra Brimstone" have won International Horror Guild Awards, and "The Least Trumps" was on the shortlist for BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003, edited by Walter Mosley. "Chip Crockett," an homage to the late, legendary Joey Ramone, continues to wait for its chance to become an animnated Christmas Special.

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When notorious Alex Kern returns home to quiet Kamensic Village and embarks on a series of frenzied parties and gala revels, teenager Lit Golding becomes caught in the middle of Kern's plans to be reborn as Dionysus, the ancient god of ecstasy and madness.

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A collection of short stories centers around Mars Hill--a place where a healing presence know as Them exists and where young, dubious Moony Rising learns an amazing and powerful secret surpassing all the love she has ever known.

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In the violence- and pollution-stricken world of 1999, HIV-positive publisher Jack Finnegan is drawn into the seductive web of Leonard Thorpe, who possesses a magical elixir that cures Jack and transforms his world.

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Beginning her first year at the University of the Archangels, Katherine Sweeney Cassidy accidentally discovers the existence of the Benandanti, a clandestine order that has been secretly manipulating the world's governments and institutions.

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The energumens, creatures who are the result of centuries of genetic engineering, threaten to come to earth to lead the other bioengineered slave races in a war against humanity.

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Four hundred years after the Third Shining, Hobi, Reive, Tast'annin, and Nefertity prepare for the prophesied collapse of Araboth, the domed city-state presumably protecting its citizens from the alleged horrors of the Outside.

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In the ruins of a once great city, separated twin children are reunited and undertake a dangerous journey to participate in a blood ritual that will signal the end of human history.

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