The Ends of the Earthby Lucius Shepard
World Fantasy Award winner 1992.
Lucius Shepard returns to Arkham House imprint, surely for the last time, since this great writer is assuming his rightful place as a distinguished figure in contemporary American letters. Shepard's second collection is an even finer assemblage than his award-winning Jaguar Hunter, with a balance selection of fantasy and horror works, including several short novels: The Ends of the Earth, Delta Sly Honey, Bound for Glory, The Exercise of Faith, Nomans Land, Life of Buddha, Shades, Aymara, A Wooden Tiger, The Black Clay Boy, Fire Zone Emerald, On the Border, The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter, and Surrender. With photomontage interior by Jeffrey K. Potter.
"The haunting power of these tales, along with the high-quality production and striking illustrations, make this book essential for any fantasy reader's library." – Publisher's Weekly
- The Ends of the Earth
- Delta Sly Honey
- Bound For Glory
- The Exercise of Faith
- Nomans Land
- Life of Buddha
- A Wooden Tiger
- The Black Clay Boy
- Fire Zone Emerald
- On the Border
- The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter
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Lucius Shepard (1947–2014) was an American writer. Classified as a science fiction and fantasy writer, he often leaned into other genres, such as magical realism. His work is infused with a political and historical sensibility and an awareness of literary antecedents.
Brief biographies are, like history texts, too organized to be other than orderly misrepresentations of the truth. So when it's written that Lucius Shepard was born in August of 1947 to Lucy and William Shepard in Lynchburg, Virginia, and raised thereafter in Daytona Beach, Florida, it provides a statistical hit and gives you nothing of the difficult childhood from which he frequently attempted to escape, eventually succeeding at the age of fifteen, when he traveled to Ireland aboard a freighter and thereafter spent several years in Europe, North Africa, and Asia, working in a cigarette factory in Germany, in the black market of Cairo's Khan al Khalili bazaar, as a night club bouncer in Spain, and in numerous other countries at numerous other occupations. On returning to the United States, Shepard entered the University of North Carolina, where for one semester he served as the co-editor of the Carolina Quarterly. Either he did not feel challenged by the curriculum, or else he found other pursuits more challenging. Whichever the case, he dropped out several times and traveled to Spain, Southeast Asia (at a time when tourism there was generally discouraged), and South and Central America. He ended his academic career as a tenth-semester sophomore with a heightened political sensibility, a fairly extensive knowledge of Latin American culture and some pleasant memories.