Portland/SF; Night Shade Books; 2004. 1st edition hardcover. In such novels as The Poison Master, Empire of Bones, and Nine Layers of Sky, Liz Williams sparked readers’ imaginations by creating worlds at once strange and familiar. Now this bold new writer brings her best short fiction together in one stunning collection. The stories featured in The Banquet of the Lords of Night have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and The Third Alternative, among others. The stories within the covers of The Banquet of the Lords of Night are varied in style and subject matter, but they are all powerfully written. From the breathtaking title story, “Banquet of the Lords of Night” about an Earth plunged into a world of darkness where light is against the law to the stunning “The Man from the Ministry” in which we learn the how far a mother will go where her family is concerned; Williams displays an astonishing breadth and variety of writing styles. Williams is equally at home writing galaxy-spanning science fiction like “Quantum Anthropology” as she is weaving a tale like “Adventures in the Ghost Trade” which incorporates demons, magic, the afterlife, and private detectives. "Williams's unique cross-genre voice is a reinvigorating one for SF, fantasy and horror." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) Contents: Adventures in the Ghost Trade, Outremer, Skindancing, A Child of the Dead, The Sea of Time & Space, The Daykeeper, Dieudamour, Sharecropper, Nightside, Dog Years, Dancing Day, The Banquet of the Lords of Night, Loosestrife, Ancestors’ Song, Orchidae, Quantum Anthropology, The Blood Thieves, The Man from the Ministry. The limited edition contains the bonus story "The Marsella", and is signed by Liz. LIMITED to 100 SIGNED copies. Jacket art by Tom Kidd. Fine in fine dj. OUT OF PRINT.