by John Gordon
Artwork by Frank Chigas
Limited Edition - $35.00
Fine in fine dj; new and unread, direct from the publisher
Medusa Press, 2006; 316 pp.; limited to 450 unsigned hardcovers in dust jacket
About the Book:
Since his first novel, The Giant Under the Snow, was published in 1968 to critical acclaim, John Gordon has always written about that misunderstood frontier between adolescence and adulthood -- and the sometimes dark borderlands that reside there as well. With a knack for choosing the perfect word, the right balance of plot and character, and the appropriate amount of shudders, Mr. Gordon continues to be one of the most celebrated fantasists working in the field today.
For the first time, thirty of Mr. Gordon's superlative tales have been gathered for this career-spanning collection. From the creeping menace of "Grandmother's Footsteps" and the squirming horror of the "Eels" to the searing touch of "The Burning Baby," these excursions into the darker corners of life and death will send a proper chill up the spine. In addition to the twenty-nine previously-released stories, a chilling new tale, "The Night Watch," has been written expressly for this volume.
Although Mr. Gordon has been writing supernatural and fantasy tales for over four decades, receiving the highest praise in his home country, there hasn't been a definitive collection of his best twilight tales . . . until now.
"John Gordon's precise control of his fiction and his mastery of the English language are unequalled since the death of Robert Aikman."
-- Karl Edward Wagner
"[John Gordon's tales] will leave readers shivering -- and eager for more."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"John Gordon has fine gifts: sharp visual perception, a taut, precise style, a remarkable feeling for adolescent relationships, an ability to make the supernatural piercingly real. Satisfying, strong, and varied ghost stories for the older reader."
-- The Guardian
"John Gordon -- a master of suspense."
-- Books for Your Children
"[John Gordon] has a well-developed ability to convey a sense of uncanny menace . . . [his] fine short supernatural stories feature a range of interesting and often strikingly memorable manifestations, hauntings and apparitions."
-- St. James Guide to Horror
"John Gordon has confidentially mastered the art of holding his reader in suspense . . . His stories demand concentrated attention to unravel intricacies and to catch the full flavor of his versatile prose."
-- The Junior Bookshelf
"John Gordon is a master storyteller."
-- Children's Books of the Year
"If you've yet to sample the talents of John Gordon, you have a real treat in store."
-- Ghosts & Scholars