Darkness can be divided – it can be split like an atom, and in it can be found a destructive fire – or light. Light, too, can be folded into darkness.
The stories brought to light in John Shirley’s stunning DARKNESS DIVIDED – most of them never before collected, some written especially for this book – are presented in two sections: one featuring stories set in the present, or the past, the other set in myriad futures. These dark tales of new noir, science fiction, fantasy, and crime, demonstrate humankind’s evolution from where we were and where we are, to where we have yet to be. Shadows are a current – a continuity – streaming from "Til Now" into "And Soon."
John Shirley incisively explores human nature and the pitch-black streak within the soul that each of us fears. The twenty-two excursions collected here divide the darkness with scalpel-like precision, daring you to peek inside. In these divided shadows, in the shift of diffuse light and occlusion, things move – things that aren’t there. There you will find your own id, the dark side of your own imagination.
Read these words, and be forever changed by what you find.
John Patrick Shirley (born 1953) is an American science fiction and horror writer of novels, short stories, and television and film scripts.
John Shirley's most significant cyberpunk novels are City Come A-Walkin and the Eclipse (A Song Called Youth) trilogy. Avant-slipstream critic Larry McCaffrey called him "the post-modern Poe". Bruce Sterling has cited Shirley's early story collection Heatseeker as being a seminal cyberpunk work in itself. Indeed, several stories in Heatseeker were particularly seminal, including Sleepwalkers, which, in just one example, probably provided the inspiration for William Gibson's "meat puppets" in Neuromancer. Gibson acknowledged Shirley's influence and borrowing ideas from Shirley in his ... (more)