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Denton, Bradley.

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ISBN 10: 0312181507 / ISBN 13: 9780312181505
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1998
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Collection of 8 stories, inclucing one original, "Blackburn Bakes Cookies". This copy signed by Denton. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 6066

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Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1998

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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With his four acclaimed novels, Bradley Denton has demonstrated himself to be one of the most original and talented fantasists at work today. This new volume reprints seven imaginative visions of death and life, including a look at Lenny Bruce in the afterlife, a tale of what-might-have-been from the life of Mark Twain, and a visit to the "conflagration artist", and and adds a long chapter in the saga of Jimmy Blackburn, "Blackburn Bakes Cookies" .


Bradley Denton, who grew up in Kansas and now proudly calls himself a Texan, is a modern master of oddball fantasy. Comparisons to fellow Texans Joe R. Lansdale and Howard Waldrop (and even, to jump across the Atlantic, to Jonathan Carroll) are perhaps inevitable, but Denton does his own thing. And he never repeats himself, either. If you haven't discovered him yet through such novels as Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Blackburn, or Lunatics, this collection is a great place to start. In a previous printing as a pair of small-press collections, six of these tales won the 1995 World Fantasy Award. Added into the mix are two new stories, including one that serves as a coda to the saga of Jimmy Blackburn (Blackburn).

"All the stories in this book," Denton says, "harassed me into writing them, but some of them literally gave me nightmares until I set them down on paper." One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality is about living in the face of death--the toll it takes, the jokes we make. Each story is a unique dark gem that can't be summarized by a list of phrases--a self-destructive performance artist, the coyote "Trickster" of legend, black-pajama-wearing demons in a field of sorghum, Lenny Bruce and John Belushi in the afterlife--but those snatches at least hint at the variety of themes. What makes the book, though, is how Denton's earnest tone, as flat as the prairies of his childhood, can deliver deadpan humor in one sentence, and a serious, disturbing question in the next.

You can bet on it: this collection is going to be a classic. --Fiona Webster

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