Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crackpot Palace, by Jeffrey Ford. William Morrow, 2012

This is an outstanding collection of weird fiction. The twenty stories include horror, magical realism, fantasy, and even a steampunk one. Some are outright fantasy from start to finish; others are so subtle that it’s like they are our normal world, but someone has pulled it just ever so slightly out of kilter. My favorite was “Down Atsion Road”, in which an aging artist is pursued by a Native American demon. The scariest? “Daddy Longlegs of the Evening”, which will give anyone with arachnophobia the creeps. Note: the creature is not just a spider. It’s far, far worse than that.

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