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The Autopsy: Best Weird Stories of Michael Shea

Michael Shea - The Autopsy

Year: 2022
Publisher: Hippocampus Press

A new 2022 Collection of Michael Shea Stories by Hippocampus Press and a great way to read his classic story “The Autopsy” which has been adapted for TV for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. “The Autopsy” is one of several tales that mingles gruesomeness and science fiction. Others include “Polyphemus,” where the members of a spaceship encounter the titanic eye of some unthinkably vast and hostile entity. “The Angel of Death” exhibits the battle of two alien entities as they successively inhabit hapless human beings in their quest for supremacy.

Shea’s sensitivity to the downtrodden is exhibited in such tales as “The Horror on the #33,” “Water of Life,” and “Tollbooth,” populated by homeless people, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other disdained members of society. Shea’s affinity for California is shown in “Fill it with Regular,” “Upscale,” and other tales that bring his native state to life. As a bonus, two unpublished stories are included: “Feeding Spiders,” evoking the work of a writer who adopted California as his home-Ray Bradbury; and “Ghost,” where a vengeful ghost stalks the tough streets of South Boston.

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MR. CANNYHARME

Michael Shea - Mr. Cannyharme book cover

Shea wrote the novel Mr. Cannyharme in 1981, and it constitutes a remarkable adaptation of Lovecraft’s early story “The Hound” (1922), about the depredations of an ancient Dutch vampire. In Shea’s novel, Mr. Cannyharme stalks the seedy Mission District of San Francisco in the aftermath of the hippie movement of the 1960s. Holed up in a rundown hotel, the seemingly harmless Cannyharme—aged, feeble, bent almost double with a crippling disease—is the focus of the supernatural terror in the novel.

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Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales

Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales

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The title story, “Demiurge,” is a previously unpublished novella that draws upon Lovecraft’s tales of psychic possession in its chilling portrayal of a nameless monster who may be the harbinger of the overthrow of the entire human race.

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THE A’Rak

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Nifft the Lean Trilogy
THE FINAL CHAPTER! Shea swears,
“It is my best Nifft yet!”

“Afire with lilting verse,
acrawl with grotesqueries!”

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The A’Rak is also available in Russian!

The Incompleat Nifft

A DOUBLE WHAMMY
on Baen Books! Nifft the Lean &
The Mines of Behemoth

Nifft Trilogy
Books I and II together!

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Fantasy & Science Fiction review

Translation:
Nifft is available in Russian

The Incompleat Nifft

The Incompleat Nifft

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The Incompleat Nifft, Baen, May 2000 A Collection of Part I & II of Nifft the Lean Trilogy:

  • Nifft The Lean
  • The Mines of Behemoth

The Mines of Behemoth

The Mines of Behemoth

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(Part II of Nifft the Lean Trilogy)

First published in three installments in Tomorrow magazine,

July, August, September issues, 1996

The Mines of Behemoth, New York, Baen Books, 1997

Year: 2023
Publisher: Centipede Press

Michael Shea - Mines of Behemoth

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Nifft the Lean, our spirited and wily thief extraordinaire, has proclaimed his second coming in the novel-length adventure, The Mines of Behemoth.

This Centipede Press special edition book is printed in four colors and two colors throughout, bound in black cloth, with printed endpapers, a stunning dustjacket, top-edge stain, and ribbon marker.

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Polyphemus

Polyphemus UK

Polyphemus UK

Polyphemus

Polyphemus

A collection comprising: “The Autopsy”, “The Angel of Death”, “Polyphemus”, “Uncle Tuggs”, “The Pearls of the Vampire Queen”, “The Horror on the #33”, and “The Extra”

Sauk City, Arkham House Publishers Inc., 1988

World Fantasy Best Collection Finalist (1988): Polyphemus

Foreign Edition:

Polyphemus, London, Grafton Books, 1991

Polyphemus (1987)

Michael Shea - Polyphemus - Eye and shears with blood and texts.

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Polyphemus, a landmark collection of the best modern speculative fiction is now available again at long last!

Michael Shea deftly blends the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

In the title story, an exploration team on a desert planet encounters a terrifying alien monstrosity. In “The Angel of Death,” a serial killer hunting innocent women turns out to be a visitor from another world. In “Uncle Tuggs,” a more traditional horror story infused with a dose of black humor, a series of grisly and bizarre deaths ensues that may be connected to the mysterious disappearance of old Uncle Tuggs, and in “The Horror on the #33” a wino witnesses a horrific murder committed by a strange wasp-headed monster on a city bus.

I, Said the Fly

I, Said the Fly

I, Said the Fly

The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction, Ellen Datlow, ed., New York, Zebra Books, 1989

I, Said the Fly (limited edition hardbound) Seattle, Silver Salamander Press, 1993 (Note: published in an edition of 850 copies for sale as follows: 50 copies bound in leather numbered 1-50; 300 copies bound in cloth, numbered 1-300; and 500 copies perfectbound, unnumbered. All copies signed by Shea and introducer Larry Tritten.)

Fat Face

Fat Face

Fat Face

Fat Face

Fat Face

Axolotl Press, Seattle, Limited Edition, 1988

Collected in:

The Year’s Best Fantasy, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds., New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1988

The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Series XVI, Karl Wagner, ed., New York, DAW Books, 1988

Cthulhu 2000

Cthulhu 2000

Musta Kivi, Helsinki Werner Soderstrom Osakeyhtio, 1995

“Fat Face (Revised)”

Collected in Cthulhu 2000, Arkham House hardcover, Winter 1995

In Yana, the Touch of Undying

In Yana, the Touch of Undying

In Yana, the Touch of Undying (UK)

In Yana, the Touch of Undying

In Yana, the Touch of Undying

In Yana, the Touch of Undying, New York, DAW Books, Dec. 1985

Foreign Editions and Translations:

In Yana, the Touch of Undying, London, Grafton Books, 1987

An Italian Edition and a Japanese Edition, 1993; for details contact DAW

The Color out of Time

The Colour Out of Time (British)

The Colour Out of Time (British)

The Colour Out of Time

The Colour Out of Time

New York, DAW Books, 1984

Foreign Editions:

The Colour Out of Time, London, Grafton Books, 1986

German edition, Frank Festa Verlag 2003.

Nifft the Lean

Nifft the Lean

Nifft the Lean

Nifft the Lean

1983 Best Novel

Winner Best Novel, 1983 World Fantasy Award

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Foreign Editions and Translations:

Nifft the Lean (Japan)

Nifft the Lean (Japan)

Nifft the Lean (French)

Nifft the Lean (French)

La Quete de Nifft-le-Mince, Paris, Nouvelles Editions Opta, 1984

Japanese Edition

(title untranscribable) Tokyo, Hayakawa Publishing Inc., 1985

German Edition in two volumes:

Fischzug im Daemonenmeer

Fischzug im Daemonenmeer

Die Reise Durch Die Unterwelt

Die Reise Durch Die Unterwelt

German Edition in two volumes: Die Reise durch die Unterwelt, 1984

Fischzug im Dämonenmeer, 1985, Frankfurt/M-Berlin-Wein, Verlag Ullstein GmbHNifft the Lean, London, Grafton Books, 1990

Nifft the Lean, London, Grafton Books, 1990

Nifft the Lean (Italy)

Nifft the Lean (Italy)

Nifft the Lean (UK)

Nifft the Lean (UK)

La Leggenda di Nifft, Milano, Arnoldo Mondadore Editore, 1990

Pimeyden linnake (anthology featuring “Come Then, Mortal”, one of the four “segments” of Nifft the Lean) Markku Sadelehto, ed., Helsinki, Kustannus Oy Jalava, 1991

Nifft the Lean Limited edition, John Pelan ed., Eugene, Darkside Press, 1994

In The Incompleat Nifft, Baen Books May 2000

The Incompleat Nifft

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Russian Edition of Nifft the Lean, 2004

ISBN 5-352-00746-4

A Quest for Simbilis

Quest for Simbilis

A Quest for Simbilis

A Quest for Simbilis

A Quest for Simbilis

New York, DAW Books, January 1974

Foreign Editions and Translations:

Simbilis Alternate Cover

Simbilis Rome Cover

Simbilis, Rome, Fanucci Editore, 1980

Ravasz Cugel

La Revanche de Cugel l’Astucieux, Editions

Reise in die Unterwelt

Reise in die Unterwelt

La Revanche de Cugel l'Astucieux

La Revanche

Payot et Rivages, Fantasy, Paris, 1997 (New French Translation)

Reise in die Unterwelt, Rastatt/Baden, Erich Pabel Verlag KG, 1977

A Quest for Simbilis, London, Grafton Books, 1985

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