by Gene Wolfe
Introduction: Tim Powers
Cover Artist: Dirk Berger
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PS Publishing, 2010; 300 pp.; limited to 300 signed hardcover copies
"Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House is one of the very few perfect fantasy novels"
- Tim Powers, from his introduction
The Sorcerer's House, is a standalone contemporary fantasy in which a man inherits a huge, ancient house, long empty, and is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastic creatures and events. The entire story is told entirely in a series of letters. Only Wolfe could have made this so gripping, surprising a page-turner of a book.
In a contemporary town in the American midwest where he has no connections, an educated man recently released from prison is staying in a motel. He writes letters to his brother and to others, including a friend still in jail. When he meets a real estate agent who tells him he is the heir to a huge old house, long empty, he moves in, though he is too broke even to buy furniture, and is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastic creatures and events.
His life is utterly transformed and we read on, because we must know more. We revise our opinions of him, and of others, with each letter. We learn things about magic, and another world, and about the sorcerer Mr. Black, who originally inhabited the house. And then perhaps we read it again.
Gene Wolfe was born in 1931, and served as a G.I. in the Korean War. After many years working as an engineer-both a practising one and an engineering journalist-he turned in 1984 to full-time fiction writing, having already laid the basis for an acclaimed creative career with his early masterpieces, Gene Wolfe was born in 1931, and served as a G.I. in the Korean War. After many years working as an engineer-both a practising one and an engineering journalist-he turned in 1984 to full-time fiction writing, having already laid the basis for an acclaimed creative career with his early masterpieces, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Peace (1975), and The Book of the New Sun (1980-83).
Subsequent works, always extremely ambitious and highly praised, have included The Urth of the New Sun (1987), There Are Doors (1988), The Book of the Long Sun (1993-96), The Book of the Short Sun (1999-2001), The Wizard Knight (two volumes, 2004), and three linked novels set in Ancient Greece and Egypt: Soldier of the Mist (1986), Soldier of Arete (1989), and Soldier of Sidon (2006).
Wolfe's major story collections are The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (1980), Endangered Species (1987) Stories from The Old Hotel (1988), Castle of Days (1991), Strange Travellers (2000), Innocents Aboard (2004), and Starwater Strains (2005).Gene Wolfe has lived in Barrington, Illinois, for many years, with his wife Rosemary and a dog called Bobby.