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Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side
Black Butterflies
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John gives an overview of the book:

Publisher's Weekly review also a synopsis of sorts: One of the darkest, edgiest, boldest writers around -- a reputation that will only be enhanced by this first-rate and fierce collection...laid down in adrenalized, jivey, yet extremely artful prose that fairly skids across the page, dragging the reader along with it into shadowed corners of terror and desire. Yet while it's thrilling, there's psychological depth in it, too, as Shirley bores into the brains of his characters, revealing the motivations of those who walk on the wild side. Shirley loses nothing when he moves toward the fantastic...Here, as throughout this blade of a book, Shirley casts a story in which the veil of normalcy and habit is ripped away and his characters, and readers, are invited to behold the fundamental mystery of life.
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Publisher's Weekly review also a synopsis of sorts:

One of the darkest, edgiest, boldest writers around -- a reputation that will only be enhanced by this first-rate and fierce collection...laid down in adrenalized, jivey, yet extremely artful prose that fairly skids across the page, dragging the reader along with it into shadowed corners of terror and desire. Yet while it's thrilling, there's psychological depth in it, too, as Shirley bores into the brains of his characters, revealing the motivations of those who walk on the wild side. Shirley loses nothing when he moves toward the fantastic...Here, as throughout this blade of a book, Shirley casts a story in which the veil of normalcy and habit is ripped away and his characters, and readers, are invited to behold the fundamental mystery of life.

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About John

John Shirley is the author of numerous novels and books of stories, including the novels Cellars, Demons, Wetbones, City Come A-Walkin' , Eclipse, A Splendid Chaos, the collection Black Butterflies (which won the Bram Stoker award and which was chosen by PW as one of the...

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Published Reviews

Feb.26.2008

It’s a greatest-hits album spanning a few decades of astonishingly consistent and rigorously horrifying work. In his foreword, Shirley insists that he doesn’t write genre fiction, and although he’s...

Feb.26.2008

LIVING SHADOWS (Prime, paper, $14.95), is subtitled “Stories: New and Preowned” because much of it has been previously published: some stories in earlier, out-of-print Shirley collections, others in small-...