When Liz Drake's best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life – in her dreams he drowns. Blake's new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can't fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the Dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken. And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever.
Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His book The Great God Pan has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best horror story in the English language")
Still So Strange is Amanda Downum's first collection of short fiction and poetry. These stories are full of devil's bargains, love songs to monsters, and the people -- human and otherwise -- who inhabit liminal spaces. The collection includes stories originally released in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales, as well as previously unpublished work.
New Dreams for Old is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by Mike Resnick, showing the depth and range that has not only made him a popular seller, but also placed him fourth (and climbing) on the all-time award list of all science fiction writers living and dead (as compiled by Locus). This book contains award winners and nominees. It contains two stories that are currently in development by Hollywood. It contains stories that have won readers polls, that have won foreign prizes, and a few that are just out-and-out hilarious. Most of these stories constitute recent work. One of them — "Travels With My Cats" — was a 2005 Hugo Award-winner and a Nebula nominee, while another — "A Princess of Earth" — was also a 2005 Hugo nominee. The story "Robots Don't Cry" was a 2004 Hugo nominee the previous year. Also included are the Hugo and Nebula nominee "For I Have Touched the Sky," Hugo nominee "Mwalimu in the Squared Circle," and Hugo winner "The 43 Antarean Dynasties." This collection also includes two novellas that have never seen print outside of the members-only Science Fiction Book Club. Are there really elephants on Neptune? What does Old MacDonald of nursery-rhyme fame actually grow on his farm? Is there much difference between pruning elderly flowers and elderly people? A trio of award nominees, "The Elephants on Neptune," "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," and "Hothouse Flowers," provide the answers. This is a collection of enormous range and the highest quality. More to the point, every story will not only make the reader think, but feel. The collection is introduced by Nancy Kress, herself a multiple Hugo and Nebula winner, and a monthly columnist for Writer's Digest.
This fascinating book breaks new ground by examining the influence of Chaucer's dream visions on American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. In so doing, it raises important questions about periodization, genre, and gender issues. Besides offering much biographical evidence of a Fitzgerald-Chaucer connection, the study uses Jungian theory to present a detailed and persuasive discussion of structural and other features shared by Chaucer's works and several of Fitzgerald's relatively early works: three stories, a play, and "The Great Gatsby." Further, the study demonstrates that each author dealt with a similiar theme: that of artistic creativity and the qualities necessary for the successful artist. It explores, too, each author's use of artist-narrators, including Fitzgerald's use of females in the role of artist figure in two of his stories.
A novel about a wine enthusiast’s descent into addiction, and “the cheerful face that money can put on an unhappy life” (Publishers Weekly). After dedicating countless hours to building his software company—an effort that yields him a fortune—Wilberforce walks into a London restaurant, alone, and orders an extraordinarily expensive 1982 Cháteau Pétrus. It is quite an experience—so he asks for another bottle. From the acclaimed author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, this novel traces the journey that leads Wilberforce from the top of the world to hitting rock bottom as he revels in his newfound wealth and more: his taste for the finer things, a love affair, and a variety of friendships, including one with an eccentric and enigmatic wine merchant named Francis Black. At some point along the way, Wilberforce, once an ordinary middle-class child and then a driven, lonely workaholic, convinces himself that he’s finally found the good life. But as his story unspools, he learns that Black’s cellar holds some unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price. “A heart-wrenching tale . . . A mesmerising page-turner.” —The Mail on Sunday “Although Wilberforce’s tale carries universal moral significance, wine lovers in particular will find Torday’s descriptive and narrative powers compelling.” —Booklist
Ever been a victim of a "chugger,” had a "suite dream," or experienced a "tightmare?" Chances are you have, but you didn't have the vocabulary to describe it. From the extraordinary comic mind of Keith Barker-Main, this is a must-have lexicon of expressions for a new era. Each entry in this laugh-out-loud lingo list shoots a wry, dry, and occasionally downright lewd glance at the age we live in. Fully illustrated throughout, this hilarious reference is guaranteed to amuse anyone who pays attention to the increasingly twisted world of bizarre cultural trends and media madness.