Five Star Science Fiction/Fantasy - Rough Beasts and Other Mutations

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Bram Stoker Award-winning author Thomas F. Monteleone has brought 20 of his most powerful and dark fantasy and horror stories into one spellbinding collection. Enter strange worlds that are at the same time not too far off from our own, where religion, mythology, emotion, and terror combine for a mix that will keep readers up until all hours of the night. Includes an introduction by John DeChancie, and the stories Mister Magister, The Dancer in the Darkness, The Prisoner's Tale and many more!

Thomas F. Monteleone lives in Grantham, New Hampshire with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Olivia.

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"From a darkly humorous tale of the power of words (Death and the Librarian) to a never-before-published response to events of September 11 (Ilion), Friesner's 12 stories illustrate the author's acutely sensitive vision of wonder in the everyday world... Known primarily for his 'Star Wars' novels... Zahn's short stories also deliver strong plots and memorable characters... Zebrowski's many novels (e.g. Macrolife) mark him as a visionary as well as a master of hard sf. The ten short stories collected in In the Distance provide a benchmark of his creativity... the author expands his concept of the human condition to embrace the stars. Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent author's, these three volumes belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"...Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent authors, these three volumes (Death and the Librarian and Other Stories/ Star Song and Other Stories/ In the Distance, and Ahead in Time) belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"Four more titles in Five Star's new series (God Is an Iron and Other Stories/ Generation Gap and Other Stories/ The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature/ Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories) of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre...Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them."
-- Library Journal (June 2002) (Library Journal 20020615)

"... a solid subway ride on the dark side."
-- Harriet Klausner (UNKNOWN )

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Stories selected from throughout Monteleone's 30-year career demonstrate his impressive versatility. Although "Dancer in the Darkness" deals with flamenco in a manner that is not at all humorous, "Just in the Niche of Time" is at least semihumorous. Monteleone's homage to Rod Serling, "Mister Magister," appears in its original, short-story form and adapted as a one-act play. "The Curandeiro" is based on the phenomenon of a Brazilian healer of the 1980s; "Taking the Night Train" is a screed against Times Square in its most corrupt and sleazy days; and "The Prisoner's Tale" is set against the backdrop of the Battle of Soleferino (1859). Monteleone achieves such variety simply by exploring a multitude of intellectual highways and byways, which his colleague John De Chancie vividly portrays in the general introduction. As usual in Five Star collections, the author briefly introduces each story. He also gratefully recalls Roger Zelazny in the afterword to the closing story, written in tribute to that master of comic sf. Roland Green
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