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This surreal journey of self-discovery and transformation at once questions the nature of our world, and redefines it in the context of 21st century pop culture and technology. It takes a writer of John Shirley’s talent and audacity to bring together elements as disparate as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, on-line role playing games, soap operas, and classic mythology – binding them together, creating a heady mélange on, above, and below the streets of Manhattan.
Zero is a young film maker who believes his whole life and career are mapped out before him. That is, until the night he and his friends are caught in a dazzling trap that spans worlds. Dropped onto a dreamlike planet whose surrealistic beauty cannot hide its grotesque reality. A world, so stunningly bizarre, nightmares are irrelevant. Here, abductees both human and alien are pitted against a never-ending succession of hellish parasites, carnivores, shape-changers, and symbiotes.
Taking the fall for his younger brother, Richard Candle went from being a cyber cop to a condemned criminal. After four years of “UnMinding”—with his mind suppressed and his body enslaved—he’s released to discover his brother has slipped back into the underworld of the V-Rat: the virtual reality addict. With human society sinking ever deeper into a mire of escapism, Candle fights his way through the world of underground stock markets, conscious programs, flying guns and the trash-walled labyrinth of Rooftown.
An ancient evil deep beneath New York City turns subway stations into bloody altars for ritual sacrifice. Monsters made of blood arise from drains, an invisible hellhound devours human flesh, feral children stalk the shadowy streets and make murder a terrifying game.
Stu Cole is struggling to keep his nightclub, Club Anaesthesia, afloat in the face of mob harassment when he’s visited by a manifestation of the city of San Francisco, crystallized into a single enigmatic being. This amoral superhero leads him on a terrifying journey through the rock and roll demimonde as they struggle to save the city,
The moment Vladimir Horescu saw the letter, he felt an ominous chill. Then, he opened it–and found a note from his unknown father, a note signed by Dracula! A haunting and bizarre Dracula tale mixed with an equally bizarre erotic love story.
The moment Vladimir Horescu saw the letter, he felt an ominous chill. Then, he opened it–and found a note from his unknown father, a note signed by Dracula!
A haunting and bizarre Dracula tale mixed with an equally bizarre erotic love story. You want Dracula to raise an Old God from the sea, or fire a machine gun? This book has it all!
With its exploration of the “insect” inside us all, In Darkness Waiting proves more relevant today than ever. A parasitic part of humanity since primitive times, they have been responsible for the worst human atrocities in history. When a psychology experiment goes out of control in remote Jasper, Oregon, the town swarms with Gray Pilots, whose stings bring out the cold-blooded killer in everyone and initiate an orgy of sociopathic slaughter. First published in 1988, the novel has been updated with references to Beirut, Bosnia and Abu Ghraib prison. Shirley works a crafty variation on the smalltown horror novel, making it an effective vehicle for his dark sociological speculations, and shows that his story’s worst horror is its continuing relevance.
Into a Southern California rife with the machinations of Hollywood, the lure of drugs, and the slick sheen of sex, comes a nameless, ancient evil, a destroyer that completely ravages its victims, body and soul, leaving behind only wet bones. Blending supernatural horror worthy of Lovecraft with a razor-sharp, outlaw street savvy, Shirley presents a visceral, terrifying tale sure to sear the psyche of unwary readers.