Synopses & Reviews
Post-fantasy fiction that defies definition is at the center of a groundbreaking issue edited by Bradford Morrow and Brian Evenson in the Spring 2009 edition of Conjunctions
Imagine an everyday world in which meat is grown in vats by men called collies and butchered by BattleBots while adults play Frisbee with robots. Imagine a world in which secret societies meet in private to have soft evenings during which they travel psychotic highways. Imagine what might follow the opening lines of Brain Jelly by Stephen Wright: "Apostrophe came from a country where all the cheese was blue. The cows there ate berries the whole day long. You should see their tongues." Along with other fictions gathered in this issue, these stories begin with the premise that the unfamiliar or liminal really constitutes solid, though undeniably strange, ground on which to walk.
Contributors include such veterans as Jonathan Lethem, Elizabeth Hand, Theodore Enslin, George Saunders, Peter Straub, James Morrow, China Mieville, Robert Coover, Kelly Link, Jeff VanderMeer, M. John Harrison and Ben Marcus, as well as emerging writers such as Jon Enfield, Karen Russell, Micaela Morrissette and Stephen Marche.
Edited by Bradford Morrow, Brian Evenson.
About the Author
Bradford Morrow is Professor of Literature at Bard College.
His books include Trinity Fields
, Giovanni's Gift
, Ariel's Crossing
, Posthumes: Selected Poems 1977-1982
, and a children's book, Didn't Didn't Do It
(with Gahan Wilson). He is also the editor of numerous books including The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth
, with Sam Hamill.
Praised by Peter Straub for going "furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice," Brian Evenson is the author of eight previous books of fiction, including the Edgar Award-nominated novel The Open Curtain and the International Horror Guild Award-winning collection, The Wavering Knife. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program.