Synopses & Reviews
Cutting a terrifying path from a Pennsylvania farm to the Europe of the 1930s, Banning Jainlight becomes the private pornographer of the world's most evil man. In a Vienna window, he glimpses the face of a lost erotic dream, and from there travels to the Twentieth Century's darkest corner to confront its shocked and secret conscience. One of Steve Erickson's most acclaimed novels, Tours of the Black Clock crosses the intersections of passion and power and gazes into a clock with no face, where memory is the gravity of time and all the numbers fall like rain.
"Brilliant, mesmerizing, a dazzling achievement that successfully challenges the conventions of fiction. You don't read Tours of the Black Clock so much as surrender to the dizzying stream that rushes past conventional boundaries, straight into the wounded lives of its characters." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"In Steve Erickson's apocalyptic vision, the very scroll of history has all but set itself on fire." The Boston Globe
"Fabulous. When the sun finally sets on this mind-ripping performance, the stars are afraid to come out." Tom Robbins
"Magnificent, haunting...a rare and original novel."
--The New York Times
About the Author
Los Angeles writer Steve Erickson was born in Santa Monica in 1950, and has published seven novels and two books of non-fiction. Currently a teacher in the CalArts MFA writing program, a film critic for Los Angeles magazine and the editor of Black Clock, he received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2007.