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Di Filippo, Paul.

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ISBN 10: 1568582412 / ISBN 13: 9781568582412
Published by Four Walls Eight Windows., NY:, 2002
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Di Filippo. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 28236

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Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows., NY:

Publication Date: 2002

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Edition: 1st edition.

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Here are 17 new stories from a writer whose work has been praised by William Gibson as “spooky, haunting, hilarious.” In the title story of Little Doors, a professor of children’s literature discovers a bizarre synchronicity between a lost text and his illicit relationship with a student. In another story, a boy is born without a brain and his skull is invaded by a group of wild animals. Another chronicles an all-night drive through a Manhattan distinctly different from — but strangely similar to — our own. All of these stories are replete with chaos, human oddities, and the unruly energy of a Tom Waits song, forming an exhilarating collection from a truly creative force in contemporary fiction. The master of "trailer park science fiction", Di Filippo is a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award and finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. “[Di Filippo] channelsurfs postmodern apocalypse, brilliantly.” — Jonathan Lethem


Paul Di Filippo returns in fine protean form with his story collection Little Doors. "Billy" satirizes both the Reagan presidency and the American anyone-can-make-it myth, as a boy born literally without a brain grows up to become president of the United States. "Rare Firsts" places a fantastic temptation before a failing rare-book dealer. A deceased milquetoast may yet save the day in the amusing nightmare-noir of "The Short Ashy Afterlife of Hiram P. Dottle." The melancholy "Slumberland" reveals the later adventures of the old man who once dreamed his way through the Sunday comic strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland." And "Return to Cockaigne" turns high fantasy inside out, in what can only inadequately be described as a collision of Candyland, C.S. Lewis's Narnia, James Branch Cabell's Poictesme, and LSD.

The promotional printing of Little Doors promises "seventeen new stories that represent his best work to date": this is not true. The anthology contains 16 stories and one poem. Also, the copyright page indicates that every work has been previously published, and some of the stories date back a decade or more, to a time when Di Filippo was a less skilled and versatile stylist. However, the early stories do display the wild imagination for which he is justly praised, and the later stories demonstrate his full creative powers, from the impressive surrealism of "The Death of Salvador Dali" to the jabberwacked-out magic realism of "Jack Neck and the Worry Bird" to the eerie e.e. cummings tribute "Mehitabel in Hell." --Cynthia Ward

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