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Copping Squid and other Mythos Tales

by on Jan.19, 2010

Lovecraft Unbound

Lovecraft Unbound

Now available exclusively from PERILOUS PRESS

COPPING SQUID, an astonishing new collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction by World Fantasy Award winner MICHAEL SHEA, is up for ORDER NOW in a linen-jacketed, signed, limited edition of 250 copies.

Edited by renowned Lovecraftian critic S.T. JOSHI and illustrated by STEVEN GILBERTS, COPPING SQUID represents the inaugural cornerstone of
Perilous Press’s New Millennium Mythos Library, an ambitious plot to revive high-quality small press genre literature for the bibliophilic cultist on a budget.

COPPING SQUID will be available in an affordable, illustrated trade hardcover edition, wherever eldritch vistas of unfathomable transmogrification are sold.

Michael Shea and S.T. Joshi will both attend the World Fantasy Convention on Halloween weekend in San Jose, CA to celebrate the book’s release.

All WFC who purchase the book at the convention will be entered in a drawing to win a signed original Steve Gilberts illustration from Copping Squid.

“The light-crowned bridges, the long, dazzling shorelines––these seemed for all their expansiveness a trivial, weightless decoration, a constellation of fireflies hanging between the abyss of night above, and the oceanic gulf below. And that gulf breathed, as the sea always breathes, but this respiration thrummed with an added presence almost as titanic as the waters themselves, filling those waters with a darker, mightier will than their own, a lurking purpose, the waiting hunger of Something that wore the ocean like a garment.”

––from “Dagoniad” by Michael Shea

Rocked by the gentle sea, the City sleeps; but its dreams are not its own…

With eight psychotropic visions of damnation and transformation in the urban coral reef of San Francisco, COPPING SQUID forms a mosaic of otherworldly menace shot through with glimpses of awe-inspiring majesty: of invisible outsiders and self-medicating seekers whose desperate prayers and hidden rituals lead them to behold their alien reflections in the all-seeing eyes of the secret masters of creation.

With the deceptive ease and streetwise enlightenment of a weird storytelling master, Michael Shea fearlessly sounds the unplumbed depths of the Cthulhu Mythos to witness visions from which traditional cosmic horror has always averted its dark-adapted gaze.

Contents:

  • “The Battery,”
  • “Tsathoggua,”
  • “The Presentation,”
  • “The Pool,”
  • “Copping Squid,”
  • “Dagoniad,”
  • “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit,”
  • “Fat-Face.”

Now available in quality illustrated hardcover and a signed, limited edition with distinctive jacket art.

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Lovecraft Unbound

by on Jan.19, 2010

Lovecraft Unbound

Lovecraft Unbound

Starred Review for The Best Horror of the Year in Publishers Weekly

Edited by Ellen Datlow

After 22 years of pulling the horror content for the now-discontinued Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series, Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) goes solo with this stellar start to a new “best of” annual. As in the past, her picks confirm that “horror” is a storytelling approach with endlessly inventive possibilities.

In E. Michael Lewis’s “Cargo,” a haunting Twilight Zone–type tale, an airplane picks up something otherworldly as part of its latest transport. Euan Harvey’s creepy “Harry and the Monkey” turns an urban legend into reality. R.B. Russell’s “Loup-garou” is a highly original shape-shifter story with a subtle psychological twist, and Daniel LeMoal’s “Beach Head” a bracing conte cruel with a Lord of the Flies cast.

In addition to the richly varied stories, Datlow provides her usual comprehensive coverage of the year in horror in an introduction that’s indispensable reading for horror aficionados.

Introduction by Ellen Datlow

  • “The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
  • “The Office of Doom” by Richard Bowes
  • “Sincerely, Petrified” by Anna Tambour
  • “The Din of Celestial Birds” by Brian Evenson
  • “The Tenderness of Jackals” by Amanda Downum
  • “Sight Unseen” by Joel Lane
  • “Cold Water Survival” by Holly Phillips
  • “Come Lurk with Me and Be My Love” by William Browning Spencer
  • “Houses Under the Sea” by Caitlín R. Kierna
  • “Machines of Concrete Light and Dark” by Michael Cisco
  • “Leng” by Marc Laidlaw
  • “In the Black Mill” by Michael Chabon
  • “One Day, Soon” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “Commencement” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Vernon, Driving” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • “The Recruiter” by Michael Shea
  • “Marya Nox” by Gemma Files
  • “Mongoose” by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
  • “Catch Hell” by Laird Barron
  • “That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas
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The Autopsy and Other Tales

by on Jan.19, 2010

The Autopsy and Other Tales

The Autopsy and Other Tales

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!

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Review by English horror fiction author Ramsey Campbell

by on Jan.19, 2010

Michael Shea has graced the field of the fantastic for more than thirty years, and it’s time we celebrated him. His prose is as rich and inventive as his considerable imagination, and the range of his tales is enviable, from sardonic witty fantasy to monstrous horror.

The Autopsy and Other Tales is a feast of deliciously literate fantasy and terror, and a book that should be on the shelves of every reader who cares for either field. Shea enriches both.

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Review by Faren Miller, Locus Magazine

by on Jan.19, 2010

Locus

Locus

Click here to open a PDF file with an wonderful review Faren Miller of The Autopsy and Other Tales.

This review was published in the November 2008 Locus Magazine.

Review by Faren Miller, Locus Magazine

Click here to open a PDF file with an wonderful review Faren Miller of The Autopsy and Other Tales.

This review was published in the November 2008 Locus Magazine.Review by Faren Miller, Locus Magazine

Click here to open a PDF file with an wonderful review Faren Miller of The Autopsy and Other Tales.

This review was published in the November 2008 Locus Magazine.

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