SUBTERRANEAN: TALES OF DARK FANTASY edited by William Schafer, dust jacket by Dave McKean. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover.
Fantasy comes in all shades, from gentle tales of elves and fairies, to the blackest of horrors. Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy tends toward the darker edges, where the fantastic mixes with the horrific. With all original tales by a number of SubPress favorites, and writers new to our stable, we’ve aimed to illuminate these shadowed corners, to bring into the light the creatures that venture forth from the sea, those that alter our reality to suit their sinister needs, and others who head into territory so bleak it’s best left undescribed.
Issued in a trade fully cloth bound edition. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.
Table of Contents:
-- “Caverns of Mystery” by Kage Baker,
-- “The Gulf” by Poppy Z. Brite,
-- “Face” by Mike Carey,
-- "The Steam Dancer" by Caitlin R. Kiernan,
-- “It Washed Up” by Joe R. Lansdale,
-- “The Hour of Babel” by Tim Powers,
-- “Alastair Baffles Emporium of Wonders” by Mike Resnick,
-- “The Road to Levinshir” by Patrick Rothfuss,
-- “The Lunatic Miss Teak” by Darren Speegle,
-- “Penguins of the Apocalypse” by William Browning Spencer,
-- “Monstrous Embrace” by Rachel Swirsky.
"In Subterranean Press' latest collection of speculative fiction, the only common thread tying the tortured protagonists together is their origin in the darkest recesses of their creators' imaginations. With dark fantasy as the sole prerequisite, editor Schafer has gathered 11 previously unpublished tales containing a wide spectrum of nightmarish ideas... Aside from a predilection for ghoulish visions, all the contributors share a gift for sharp-edged prose that keeps the reader pleasantly perturbed for hours."
Paul di Filippo, at Barnesandnoble.com:
"Something of an in-house sampler of writers who have worked with the house before, its ambition clearly extends beyond self-publicity and showcases the wide range of possibilities within the eponymous genre."
Fine in fine dj. OUT OF PRINT.