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Bleak History, a novel by John Shirley, new from Simon and Schuster
BLEAK HISTORY
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An urban fantasy novel about a paranormally gifted ex soldier with PTSD and a strange childhood--and his confrontation with a diabolically twisted government agency for the control of paranormals. Also concerns his romance with a woman agent of that agency and his relationship to other supernaturally powerful people. The main premise is that magic has been suppressed via a device created by Isaac Newton and friends--a device which is now failing, conferring magical powers on talented and often dangerous people...
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An urban fantasy novel about a paranormally gifted ex soldier with PTSD and a strange childhood--and his confrontation with a diabolically twisted government agency for the control of paranormals. Also concerns his romance with a woman agent of that agency and his relationship to other supernaturally powerful people. The main premise is that magic has been suppressed via a device created by Isaac Newton and friends--a device which is now failing, conferring magical powers on talented and often dangerous people...

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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-...