THE OFF SEASON
by JACK CADY
Published: July 14th, 2015
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Also available as an audio book.
[includes free download of ebook version]
There is a curse on Point Vestal. Time moves differently in this sleepy northwestern coastal town, where the ghosts of the past roam the streets as readily as the living inhabitants. It's still the late 19th century in Point Vestal, and underneath the quaint touristy allure of the commingling of the past and present is a lurking darkness. August Starling, a decadent (and dead) crime baron, has a plan for Point Vestal because the magical nature of the town is a haven for sinners fleeing judgement for their crimes. And the only residents who can stop him are newcomers to town: a defrocked Episcopalian priest and a talking cat, who is fluent in seven languages.
The Off Season is an effusive meditation on the nature of the fantastic, by a writer the Atlanta Constitution calls "a lasting voice in modern American literature." Cady, winner of both the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award, has given us "a consummate yarn, told with many digressions and anecdotes that combine with folksy humor to create a tall tale suffused with pathos and melancholy." (The Seattle Times)
The Off Season is the third volume in the Cady Collection, and it contains Cady's lengthy essay "On Writing the Ghost Story," as well as an introduction by Gordon Van Gelder, publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.