by JOHN SHIRLEY
Published: July 4th, 2011
trade paperback -
[includes free download of ebook version]
Get ready for a wild ride. Over his long career, John Shirley has earned his reputation as a writer that doesn't pull his punches, and doesn't treat his readers gently. In Extremis features more than twenty of Shirley's most intense stories originally published in a variety of anthologies and periodicals. In addition, this volume contains two never-before-published pieces that are sure to roil the genre's most hardened readers.
"Snapping, snarling, vigorously wrought drama—Shirley writes splendid stuff."
"John Shirley serves up the bloody heart of a sick and rotting society with the aplomb of an Aztec surgeon on dexadrine."
"John Shirley's writing is like Borges as directed by Scorsese."
—Covert Culture Handbook
" . . . astonishingly consistent and rigorously horrifying work . . . all his stories . . . give off the chill of top-grade horror. It's a moral chill, because Shirley's great subject is the terrible ease with which we modern Americans have learned to look away from pain and suffering . . . And while the matter of his stories is often shocking, his manner is calm, restrained. The prose is attitude-free and precise, its characteristic sound a minor chord of sorrow and banked anger. He writes about sensation unsensationally, with a particular tenderness toward those who manage, against the odds and by whatever means, to feel something . . ."
—New York Times Review of Books