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EXOTIC GOTHIC 2
NEW TALES OF TABOO

Edited by Danel Olson

ISBN: 978-1-55310-109-3 (Limited Edition Hardback - 350 copies)
ISBN" 978-1-55310-110-9 (Trade Paperback)

x+318pp. Published September 2008

PRICE:
Hardback: Cdn$49.00/ US$49.00/ £29.00
Paperback: Cdn$31.00/ US$31.00/ £15.00

 

LISTEN TO STORIES FROM EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 AT THE GHOST STORY SOCIETY'S PODCAST SITE:
ALREADY AVAILABLE:
Reggie Oliver reading 'A Donkey at the Mysteries'
Edward P. Crandall reading 'The Arrangement'
Barbara Roden reading 'Endless Night'

Be drawn into Gothic enigmas from seven continents, and struggle to find your own explanation for the inexplicable in these twenty-four original stories. Identify with bewildered, ghost-ridden characters facing (or becoming) monstrosity. Let the darkness—from a dress dummy to a rogue nuclear state—creep closer to your living experience . . . and discern the Gothic secret: the revelation of the monster's purpose.

Almost viral in its adaptability, the nouveau Gothique transforms itself in these pages, feeding off broader cultural anxieties. Skilfully violating conventions of horror and suspense—and opening the door to other genres including fantasy, historical account, and travel narrative—the freshness of its stories infects us with something unknown. Our old expectations offer no antibodies to this latest mutation.

CONTENTS:

Preface: 'A Twenty-first Century Gothic' by Danel Olson

ASIA
'Remembrance' by Dean Francis Alfar
'The Arrangement' by Edward P. Crandall
'Side-Effects May Include' by Steve Duffy
'Stones' by Genni Gunn
'The Most Precious Thing in Antalya' by Milorad Pavic
'Englightenment' by John Whitbourn
 

AFRICA
'Blood Reader' by George Makana Clark
'Very Low-Flying Aircraft' by Nicholas Royle
 

EUROPE
'The Barony at Rodal' by Peter Bell
'The Ice Wedding' by Nancy Collins
'Arkangel' by Christopher Fowler
'Tivar' by Taylor Kincaid
'Black Death' by Kenneth McKenney
'A Donkey at the Mysteries' by Reggie Oliver
'Burning Snow' by Steve Rasnic Tem
'Grvnice'  by David Wellington

NORTH AMERICA
'Monkey Bottom' by John Bushore
'Los Penitentes' by Elizabeth Massie
'One Thousand Dragon Sheets' by Tia V. Travis

SOUTH AMERICA
'A Line Through el Salar d'Uyuni' by Adam Golaski

AUSTRALIA
'Empathy' by Stephen Dedman
From
CLOWNS AT MIDNIGHT by Terry Dowling
'Kulpunya' by Robert Hood

ANTARCTICA
'Endless Night' by Barbara Roden

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

 

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR EXOTIC GOTHIC 2:

'With its stellar line-up of international talent, EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 is the must-read anthology of the year' (F. Paul Wilson, author of JACK: SECRET HISTORIES).

'The great power and appeal of this Gothic are found in its ability to reach directly into our subconscious minds, and to the precariousness and uncertainty of life itself' (Thomas Tessier, author of RAPTURE).

'EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 is a new anthology of Gothic fiction to scare the tutae out of the universe! For those of you who get frightened to close your eyes at night because the boogie man might get you, this anthology of fright fiction will keep you awake—and alive—at least till morning.' (Witi Ihimaera, author of THE WHALE RIDER)

'The concept of a horror anthology structured by world regions is enticing in itself. Danel Olson's first such compilation of exo-terror tales in EXOTIC GOTHIC included some of the finest writing in the genre. In this sequel anthology, which is even more focused on unfamiliar territory, the writing is equally fine and each of its locales is well explored for the peculiar horrors they hold. What H. P. Lovecraft did for New England, EXOTIC GOTHIC 2 does on a global scale. (Thomas Ligotti, author of TEATRO GROTTESCO.)

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