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Shirley, John.

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ISBN 10: 0910489262 / ISBN 13: 9780910489263
Published by Scream Press., Los Angeles:, 1989
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HC in slipcase, 1/250 signed & numbered copies. 1st Printing. Collection of 19 stories with a forward by Stephen P. Brown, an introduction by William Gibson and illustrated by Harry O. Morris. Signed by Shirley and Morris, with a promotional photo of Shirley laid in. Fine in fine slipcase w/o dust jacket as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 11779

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Publisher: Scream Press., Los Angeles:

Publication Date: 1989

Edition: 1st edition.

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SIGNED by author and illustrator (No inscription). Limited edition #197/250. Hardcover in slipcase. Also includes laid-in press photo of author. First printing. Book is in perfect shape. A true collector's copy.

From Publishers Weekly:

Shirley has been writing SF, including a dozen novels ( City Come A-Walkin', A Splendid Chaos ), for over a decade. His first collection of short fiction contains 19 selections, three of them previously unpublished, that display Shirley as a talented writer with a clear, fluid style, vividly visual, much of whose imagery is discomfortingly grotesque and gory. Some of the stories are weakened by a lack of focus. "I Live in Elizabeth" begins as a somewhat loopy love story and unexpectedly segues into horror. When Shirley is in control of his material, the result can be powerful, as in "What It's Like to Kill a Man," which depicts an ugly, barbaric future, and the political corruption that sustains it. "What Cindy Saw" is an effective horror story about a psychotic young woman who perceives the real world literally underlying the apparent onea world where houses and furniture are part of one large living organism ready to devour unsuspecting people. The images may be a metaphor for her madness. Stephen P. Brown and William Gibson contribute introductory material, and there are illustrations by Harry O. Morris.
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