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BELUTHAHATCHIE AND OTHER STORIES

Duncan, Andy.

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ISBN 10: 0965590119 / ISBN 13: 9780965590112
Published by Golden Gryphon., Urbana, IL:, 2000
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. 11 stories, including 2 published here for the first time. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best collection. This copy inscribed by Duncan. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 29789

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Title: BELUTHAHATCHIE AND OTHER STORIES

Publisher: Golden Gryphon., Urbana, IL:

Publication Date: 2000

Edition: 1st edition.

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This collection of fiction includes two never-before-published pieces in addition to a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated story. The title story spins the tale of a guitarist who refuses to disembark the train at Hell and his adventures at the next stop, Beluthahatchie. Other stories include plot lines about the career concerns of a member of "The Executioner's Guild" and graveyard romances in "The Premature Burials." These science fiction and speculative stories are told with a flair for Southern patois and are followed by comprehensive author's notes.

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Beluthahatchie and Other Stories is kind of an eyebrow-raising collection: the author had seen barely more than nine stories in print at publication time, and he's got a gorgeous hardcover collection from a respected publisher, containing nine of those stories plus two previously unpublished. Andy Duncan had better be great.

Well, he is. He's better than many decades-established veterans, with a keen ear for dialogue, a Southerner's love of storytelling, a gift for characterization, a fascination with obscure history and folklore, and a wonderfully weird mind. He presents an ethics-obsessed secret brotherhood of hangmen and a peripatetic electric-chair operator in "The Executioner's Guild." He brings a certain notorious Paris theater to life with strange romance and artistic envy in "Grand Guignol." "The Premature Burials" finds a gothic erotic charge in being buried alive. "Liza and the Crazy Water Man" shows as much affection for Southern ways and the now-obscure world of 1930s country music as the Coen Brothers' movie O, Brother, Where Art Thou?. --Cynthia Ward

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