A COLLECTION by Andy Duncan
PUBLICATION DATE February 2012
COVER ART Chris Roberts
PRINT RUN unsigned
In this book you will meet an Appalachian dragon, a phantom geocacher, a racist halfling, a torturer of paintings, a homicidal gator-man, the devil’s son-in-law, the King of the Tramps, the Wizard of the Blue Ridge, a chicken named Jesus Christ, and the first Haitian Zombie ever photographed, as well as Yuri Gagarin, Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, and Sun Records headliners the Prisonaires, live from the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. The appearance of the Space Brother Bob Solomon is unconfirmed, but we can always hope.
In other words, this is the second fiction collection from Andy Duncan, whom Gardner Dozois calls “a genre to himself.” It includes the World Fantasy Award-winning title story, the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novella “The Chief Designer,” and Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Award nominees, as well as extensive story notes and a new novelette, “Close Encounters.”
Andy Duncan’s previous fiction collection, Beluthahatchie and Other Stories, won a World Fantasy Award in 2001. His other books include the non-fiction Alabama Curiosities and the anthology Crossroads, co-edited with F. Brett Cox. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Conjunctions, Realms of Fantasy, Sci Fiction, Weird Tales, the Eclipse and Starlight anthologies, and multiple year’s-best volumes. At press time he had stories upcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, and Year’s Best Fantasy 10.
Duncan grew up in Batesburg, South Carolina, graduated from the University of South Carolina with a journalism degree, and worked as a full-time reporter and editor for 12 years, first at the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, and later at Overdrive magazine, “The Voice of the American Trucker.”
He holds graduate degrees in writing from North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama and has taught undergraduates since 1993. A graduate of the Clarion West writers’ workshop in Seattle, he has taught at Clarion West and its sister workshop, Clarion, and will teach at the Nightsun Writers Conference in July 2012.
Duncan is an assistant professor of English at Frostburg State University, and he teaches seminars in 21st-century science fiction and fantasy in the Honors College of the University of Alabama. He lives in the Maryland mountains with his wife, Sydney.
Stories included in this coillection:
- The Pottawatomie Giant
- Senator Bilbo
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain
- Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull
- Zora and the Zombie
- Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse
- A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil’s Ninth Question
- The Dragaman’s Bride
- The Night Cache
- Close Encounters
- The Chief Designer