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Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts

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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.

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569758380
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,015,374
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Jones: Stephen Jones lives in London, England. He is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a twenty-times recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant, he is one of Britain’s most acclaimed anthologists of horror and dark fantasy with more than 100 books to his credit.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: An Angelology, of Sorts 1

Murder Mysteries Neil Gaiman 4

The Houses of the Favored Jay Lake 36

An Infestation of Angels Jane Yolen 40

Second Journey of the Magus Ian R. MacLeod 50

The Bowmen Arthur Machen 70

Okay, Mary Hugh B. Cave 76

Plague Angel Yvonne Navarro 82

Scent of the Green Cathedral Jay Lake 96

Snow Angels Sarah Pinborough 98

Nephilim Mark Samuels 114

Thy Spinning Wheel Compleat Chelsea Quinn Yarbro 124

Old Mr. Boudreaux Lisa Tuttle 140

A Feast of Angels Jay Lake 160

Transfiguration Richard Christian Matheson 164

Evidence of Angels Graham Masterton 178

Featherweight Robert Shearman 202

Molly and the Angel Brain Stableford 226

S.D. Watkins, Painter of Portraits Steve Rasnic Tem 246

Being Right Michael Marshall Smith 256

Novus Ordo Angelorum Jay Lake 274

Sariela, or, Spiritual Dysfunction & Counterangelic Longings: A Case Study in One Act Michael Bishop 278

With the Angels Ramsey Campbell 296

Things I Didn't Know My Father Knew Peter Crowther 310

The Fold Conrad Williams 340

Basileus Robert Silverberg 362

Beautiful Men Christopher Fowler 384

Going Bad Jay Lake 400

About the Editor 407

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Will inspire and scare

    This amazing 'Angelology' is a collection of twenty-seven short stories that delve into every facet of angels, and how people feel about them. From the most accepted version of the 'good' winged creatures who supply people with faith and kindness; to the fallen angels who are surrounded by darkness and represent peoples' fear of being taken away - these stories cover all areas of the 'winged ones.' Not only do the short stories look at fantastical angels, but they also spotlight human angels who help others in dire need. Whether messengers or creatures of Divine retribution, every single story in this amazing book goes straight to the heart of readers. Although there are too many to speak of individually, Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for fifty-two weeks) begins this Angelology with a story titled Murder Mysteries! This fantastic tale focuses on a man who meets up with a feathered creature, who discusses how he came to be placed on Earth. He was 'one' who worked as a sort of detective, looking for the criminal that had killed an angel who was researching Death. This is a fantastically in-depth story which offers mystery, excitement, and horror. From that amazing lead-in, there are stories galore. From the very real subject of war - to angels guiding people to their destinations - to ghosts of angels, and the fear one has of human's discovering their wings, the tales encompass all different subject matter. Two stories are stand-outs. One involves St. Peter and Nietzsche in A Feast of Angels. The other, Molly and the Angel, teaches a young girl that if you fall down, you need to get back up again no matter how hard it may be. From the end of the world to the beginning of all creation - these stories will excite and enthrall. Quill says: "How good is good?" Very.when it comes to these incredible works that will truly inspire and 'scare.' Enjoy!

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