Devotees of World Fantasy Award–winner Michael Shea’s work will welcome this tribute volume, a labor of love put together by his widow, Linda, and weird fiction expert Joshi. The entries range from poems to excerpts from his longer fiction, including the epic fantasy series Nifft the Lean.
There are enough glimpses of Shea’s impressive imagination to make newcomers seek out more of his writings. One highlight is an unpublished novella, the moving “Credit Card,” in which the lead, Ricky Deuce, journeys to see his cancer-stricken wife, Angie, who has to impersonate her sister to get insurance coverage.
A number of talented writers, including Laird Barron and Jessica Amanda Salmonson, share their memories of Shea. The last word, appropriately, belongs to the author himself, in the form of a short meditation about horror in which he lyrically describes humankind as “spinning inside a discus of dust and fire flung out by the first heartbeat of time.”
This new volume contains 120 pages of Michael‘s Epic Verse taken from novels and stories, both published and not yet published. Contained within are also four tales: one new novella, two new short stories and the World Fantasy Award Winner, in the novella category, The Growlimb.
Michael Whelan, Alan Clark, Alan Kozlowski, Steve Gilbert and John Stewart’s illustrations of Shea work are also in the books as well as tributes and remembrances written by people in the field: Laird Barron, Sam Hamm, Jessica Salmonsen, Wilum Pugmire, just to name a few.
Michael first came to writing, intending to be a poet and one can always hear his love of meter and song in all of his prose.
To the delight of many long time readers, Michael is currently having a good time working on a new Nifft the Lean story.
From this we present a small section of verse:
A MEDITATION ON MAN AND DEMON
Man for the million million years
He’s shared the earth with demonkind,
Has asked why they, in their ageless lairs,
So lust for his frail soul and mind.
Whatever hands set the clock of stars
Wheeling and wheeling down through time
Also sundered those empires
With barriers both now over-climb.
That men should go down to those sunless moors
Where Horror and Harm breed deathless forms,
Or to the Demon Sea’s littered shores,
Or its depths, where riches breed like worms:
That men do this (as the Privateer
Gildmirth of Sordon did in his pride)
Is no surprise, save that they dare
To sail that shape-tormented tide.
But why are netherworld nets flung here,
And men snagged out of their mortal terms–
Trawled kicking down from life in the air
To immortal drowning in monstrous arms?
Collectors can now own a 563 page single author collection – a massive tome packed with superb stories by Michael Shea, an introduction by Laird Barron.
This collection of his finest fantasy, science fiction, horror and Cthulhu Mythos tales includes the two short novels “I Said the Fly” and “The Color Out of Time” as well as “Fat Face,” “Grunt 12 Test Drive,” “The Rebuke” and may others.
ONLY 500 limited edition cloth copies are available from Centipede Press!
This signed limited edition anthology from Darkside Press will include “The Dagoniad” by Michael Shea.