Unscheduled Departures: The Asylum Anthology of Short Fiction

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Publisher Boyd ( Water & Power ) reprints from his Asylum magazine tales that, in contributor Celestine Frost's phrase, excel at ``fashioning . . . an ornate luxury from bare essentials.'' Improvising on the most basic, immediate materials--straightforward narrative, typography--these stories evoke charmingly arch worlds and characters, often in a matter of one or two pages. Appropriating the form of a book index, Catherine Scherer presents Henry, who, regarding iced coffee, possesses a ``fondness for, near fatal,'' and who attempts 22 cited sexual ``advances, to author'' that are met by 25 citations of rejection. In sharp contrast to this spirit of playfulness, two exceptional stories explore the darker aspects of the fantastic. Eric Basso's ``Equus Caballus'' concerns a kind of kinky Kubla Khan figure whose Xanadu is an icy ravine where he practices mechanical illusions and sadomasochism. Stephen Dixon's stark, disturbing ``Bo'' details how a man's anxiety attack on a subway leads to the total disintegration of his grasp on reality. Taken all together, these stories form an inventive and unsettling essay on the allure and snare of created worlds.

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