Charles De LintEcho and Narcissus is like a traffic accident: grotesque and grim and bloody, but so compelling that it's impossible to look away. A fascinating read, full of flash and thunder.The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Nominated as best first novel of 2003 by the International Horror Guild.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyIn Echo and Narcissus, Mark Siegel's debut dark fantasy, a singer and her songwriter companion plunge into the seamier side of the New Orleans music world, but the real test comes later in L.A., where they must contend with the supernatural. Blurbs from Tim Powers, Paul di Filippo and Edward Bryant should secure more than usual attention for this first novel.
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Paul DiFilippoMark Siegel's Echo and Narcissus is a tragicomic downbound train powered by hi-octane rock 'n' roll voodoo. From the John Fogarty swampedelic riffs of Part One, to the Jim Morrison Lizard King squalor of Part Two, to the Elvis-in-a-gold-jumpsuit decadence of Part Three, this novel chronicling the lives and hard times of Max, the wasted guitarist with a mind too nimble for his own good, and Echo, his naive yet wise child bride with pipes of gold, covers more quintessential American pop culture terrain than anything by Salmon Rushdie or Don DeLillo. Siegel is the Bad, Bad Leroy Brown of slipstream writing: meaner than a junkyard dog, but you can't help petting his razorback fur.
author of Strange Trades
Tim PowersSiegel's writing is powerful and vivid, and his characters really cast shadows -- you find yourself believing everything that happens to them.
author of Declare
Edward BryantTo tackle this sort of Dreams-Morphing-into-Nightmare dark fantasy takes someone with classical training, a crazed inner child, a secret core of perception and love....and raw talent. Mark Siegel has pulled it off. In spades.
Nebula winner, critic for Locus
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