Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts

Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts

by Stephen Jones
     
 

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IN THE DARKNESS, SOMETHING WICKED SPREADS ITS WINGS

THE ETERNAL BATTLE between fallen angels and their Heavenly counterpoints plays out daily here on Earth. Without warning, ordinary people find their lives forever changed by the intervention of divine beings. But meddling with the living does not always go according to plan and the angels themselves fall

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IN THE DARKNESS, SOMETHING WICKED SPREADS ITS WINGS

THE ETERNAL BATTLE between fallen angels and their Heavenly counterpoints plays out daily here on Earth. Without warning, ordinary people find their lives forever changed by the intervention of divine beings. But meddling with the living does not always go according to plan and the angels themselves fall under an all-too-mortal spell--longing for love or thirsting for wicked revenge.

With stories from such world-renowned authors of fantasy and horror as Michael Bishop, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Graham Masterton, Robert Silverberg, Michael Marshall Smith, Lisa Tuttle, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Jane Yolen, Visitants presents a breathtaking collection of stories in which Heaven's hosts reveal themselves on Earth and fallen angels struggle toward final redemption.

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Publishers Weekly
Jones lines up heavy hitters for this anthology of reprints dating back to 1914 as well as original tales about decidedly non-Hallmark angels. In Neil Gaiman's "Murder Mysteries," an angel is charged with solving a murder in Heaven before the Word creates our universe. Peter Crowther's "Things I Didn't Know My Father Knew" has a Twilight Zone feel, while Chelsea Quinn Yarbro places avenging human-angels on Earth in "Thy Spinning Wheel Compleat." Robert Silverberg's angels enter the digital age in "Basileus." All blend modern takes with traditional elements, though not always where one might expect. This wide-ranging anthology has something for every taste, from the light to the horrific, and is nicely completed by Jones's introduction, which traces the history of angels in religious lore and modern fantasy. (Dec.)
Library Journal
A man with fractured memories tells a story of murder in Heaven—and on Earth—in Neil Gaiman's eerie "Murder Mysteries," while in "Beautiful Men," by Christopher Fowler, the nature of heavenly messengers takes on a new interpretation. Including contributions by Jane Yolen, Arthur Machen, Lisa Tuttle, and other fantasy authors, this collection of 27 stories, some original to this volume, displays a broad array of angelic beings. VERDICT The popularity of the subject matter should attract many readers and libraries should consider adding this volume to their collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569758380
Publisher:
Ulysses Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.97(d)

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