The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy
By (author) Mike Ashley
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Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy by Mike Ashley
Book DescriptionIn extreme fantasy anything can happen. In Mike Ashley's breathtaking new anthology the only rules are those the writer makes - these are stories to liberate both the writers' and readers' imagination. They will take you to hell and back (literally - two of the stories involve hell in ways never explored before). For too long fantasy fiction has become synonymous with vast heroic-fantasy adventures in imitation of The Lord of the Rings, but the genre has always been far greater than dwarves and elves. Today many writers are rediscovering the wider world of fantasy and creating bold new ideas or magically reworking older arts. Ashley selects 25 stories by the likes of Orson Scott Card, Paul Di Filippo, A. A. Attanasio, Michael Swanwick, Christopher Priest and Peter Crowther, arranged in ascending order of 'extremeness'. The anthology opens with a story that takes us beyond Middle Earth in 'Senator Bilbo' by Andy Duncan - showing what happens when a radical descendant of his famous namesake tries to introduce immigration control - and reaches the ultimate in 'The Dark One' by A. A. Attanasio, a rite of passage story where you, the reader, discover you are being tested to become the successor to Satan. Other stories include: A man with a terminal disease looks for a cure in a world where Edward Lear meets Lewis Carroll. A man decides to banish all language. A tour of Hell by the boatman himself. The great comic stars of Hollywood find themselves seeking their lost world. A magical experiment recreates the Crucifixion. Suddenly all colour drains out of the world. A magical recreation of Chinese fantasy cinema where a magician and his adepts fight the flying dead.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845298067
(198mm x 133mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Robinson Publishing
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mike Ashley
Toward the Golden Age, Paperback / softback (August 2016)
"Fifteen short stories, dating from 1910 to 1925, spotlight the work of writers whose skill and ingenuity led to the Golden Age of crime fiction. Selections include G. K. Chesterton's "The Blue Cross," "The Ninescore Mystery" by Baroness Orczy, Mary Roberts Rinehart's "The Papered Door," and captivating tales by lesser-known authors"--
Jimbo / The Education of Uncle Paul, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
Two supernatural novels originally published in 1909 which are set in the magical world of children, but written for adults.
Julius Levallon / The Bright Messenger, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
Two supernatural classics that together form "the culmination of a lifetime's experience," according to Blackwood biographer Mike Ashley. The Bright Messenger is a sequel to Julius LeVallon, and this is the first time they have been offered together in one volume.
Ten Minute Stories / Day and Night Stories, Paperback / softback (April 2016)» View all books by Mike Ashley
Two superlative short story collections originally published in 1914 and 1917, filled with hauntings, strange nature tales, weird events and dark fantasy from one of the greatest writers of supernatural fiction in the 20th century.
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Author Biography - Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley is one of the world's leading anthologists, and editor of numerous successful fantasy and SF collections including The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction and The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy.
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