THE GIST HUNTER AND OTHER STORIES by Matthew Hughes. Portland, WA/SanFrancisco, CA; Night Shade Books. 1st edition hardcover. The first collection by writer Matthew Hughes, and the perfect companion to his acclaimed novel Black Brillion, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories features nine stories taking place in the universe of The Archonate, as well as four non-series stories. The stories of Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth's "foremost freelance discriminator", combine mystery and science fantasy while simultaneously recalling the arch irony of Gene Wolfe and the sly fancies of Jack Vance.
Praise for the Archonate novel, Black Brillion.
"Fans of Jack Vance will not be disappointed by this incursion of Matthew Hughes into Vance's science-fantasy territory."
- D. Douglas Fratz, Science Fiction Weekly
"...a solid addition to the canon of Dying Earth literature... considerable wit and a flair for reified metaphysics surpassing anything conceived by Vance."
Relics of the Thim,
The Gist Hunter,
Thwarting Jabbi Gloond.
A Little Learning,
The Devil You Don't,
Go Tell the Phoenicians,
Fine in fine dj.