At the Edge of Waking

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In the Palace of Repose, Holly Phillips' debut collection of short stories - most of which had never been published - accomplished the improbable. It garnered its unknown Canadian author accolades and numerous honors, including the 2006 Sunburst Award and nominations for the World Fantasy and Crawford Awards. After two novels and publication in a bevy of top venues, Phillips' newer short work is gathered for what is sure to be an outstanding compilation, with an introduction by ...
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In the Palace of Repose, Holly Phillips' debut collection of short stories - most of which had never been published - accomplished the improbable. It garnered its unknown Canadian author accolades and numerous honors, including the 2006 Sunburst Award and nominations for the World Fantasy and Crawford Awards. After two novels and publication in a bevy of top venues, Phillips' newer short work is gathered for what is sure to be an outstanding compilation, with an introduction by Peter S. Beagle.
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“She knows what to do with shadows,” Peter S. Beagle writes with perfect accuracy in his introduction to this moody, haunting collection from fantasist Phillips (The Burning Girl). “Gin” and “Country Mothers’ Sons” depict families with dangerous secrets: alcoholism and lycanthropy. The dehumanizing realities of war and its consequences form the foundations of “Brother of the Moon” and “Virgin of the Sands.” In “The Rescue,” a young woman is imprisoned in a mental hospital as a hostage to ensure her rebellious family’s cooperation. A mild-mannered historian is saddled with the role of protecting the world’s magic in “Proving the Rule.” The most haunting stories reveal the alien and strange beneath the normal: life forms under the Antarctic ice in “Cold Water Survival,” the troubled writer of “Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom” whose muse offers another reality beyond the unkind real world, and the murky, potentially dangerous line between imagination and illusion in “Castle Rock.” Phillips’s crisp, dense writing draws readers into intimate, seductive worlds of shadow and emotion. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607013563
  • Publisher: Prime Books
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    The only thing I had read by Holly Phillips prior to this book w

    The only thing I had read by Holly Phillips prior to this book was her intensely atmospheric and creepy "Cold Water Survival", a modern-day Lovecraft-tinged horror story which is included here. That was enough to make me pick up this book, which is her second collection of short fiction. The rest of the stories (one of which is new to the collection) measure up to that remarkably high standard. Phillips writes absolutely gorgeous prose which is never an end in itself; the stories are densely imagined, sometimes ambiguous, always haunting. By coincidence I read this collection more or less simultaneously with Stephen Millhauser's new collection of short stories, "We Others". Millhauser is an ambitious and talented writer and "We Others" is excellent (especially for "The Wizard of West Orange", which appeared previously in "Dangerous Laughter"), but Holly Phillips is better. I can't believe she isn't more widely known and I plan on reading everything else she's written. Just buy this book and see for yourself.

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