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Objects of Worship
     

Objects of Worship

by Claude Lalumiere
 

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Twelve strange, eerie, sensual stories by a bold new voice in weird fiction. Capricious gods rule a world of women. Zombies breed human cattle. The son of a superhero must decide between his heritage and his religion. Young lovers worship a primordial spider god. The apocalyptic rebirth of the god of the elephants. Monstrous chimeras roam through a devastated

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Twelve strange, eerie, sensual stories by a bold new voice in weird fiction. Capricious gods rule a world of women. Zombies breed human cattle. The son of a superhero must decide between his heritage and his religion. Young lovers worship a primordial spider god. The apocalyptic rebirth of the god of the elephants. Monstrous chimeras roam through a devastated future Earth. A retired fisherman caught in the middle of a conflict between gods and superheroes. Teenagers struggle to survive a surreal ice age.

This volume also contains interior illustrations by Rupert Bottenberg (Claude's Lost Myths collaborator) with an introduction by World Fantasy Award-winning author James Morrow and an afterword by the author.

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Publishers Weekly
The strange is matter-of-factly mundane in Canadian author and editor Lalumière's collection of 10 reprinted and two original stories of the surreal and fantastic. Deities and spiritual grace are both unfathomably alien and somehow less than you might expect when Lucifer makes a deal with the phone company (“A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens”) and likewise in the title story, where keeping your gods satisfied is like caring for extra-finicky but disturbingly powerful cats. Lalumière's love of comic book heroes informs the antics of “Hochelaga and Sons,” “Spiderkid” and “Destroyer of Worlds,” and the daily lives of zombies set the stage for the blackly comedic “The Ethical Treatment of Meat” and “A Visit to the Optometrist.” Even when the plots aren't quite enough to carry Lalumière's curious ideas, they're still intensely memorable. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926851785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
276
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Claude Lalumière is the author of the story collection Objects of Worship and the chapbook The World’s Forgotten Boy and the Scorpions from Hell. In addition to this, he has edited eight anthologies, including the Aurora Award finalist Tesseracts Twelve: New Novellas of Canadian Fantastic Fiction. He has published hundreds of articles and reviews, and he’s the Fantastic Fiction columnist for The Montreal Gazette. With Rupert Bottenberg, Claude is the co-creator of the Lost Myths website: a playful medley of cryptomythological fiction, pantheons, bestiaries, comics, art, games, readings, performances, and more.

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