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. ‘Cleopatra Brimstone’ — a young woman’s obsession with winged insects achieves a dangerous climax in the streets and nightclubs of London’s Camden Town. ‘Pavane for a Prince of the Air’ — a reflection on death and attendant neo-pagan rituals commits a much-loved soul to something other than eternal rest. ‘Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol’ — the strange innocence of old TV shows mysteriously redeems existence in the bleak and haunted present (Appearing here for the first time in print) ‘The Least Trumps’ — a lonely woman sees the world anew through the intricacies of tattooing and the complex symbolism of a most unusual Tarot deck.
I emerged from Bibliomancy with my mind full of colors. You do not find this sort of cohesion, this linguistic inevitability, except in the very best writing.Lucius Shepard