by Lucius Shepard
Release date: 2004
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, short stories

A short story collection, which contains the novel Trujillo.

Lucius Shepard is widely regarded as the finest short fiction writer in the SF and Fantasy fields today. His famously eloquent and moody style, his masterly evocations of exotic places, his volatile and alienated protagonists, his astonishing renderings of doomful epiphany and ambiguous transcendence: all these have for two decades combined to make Shepard a dark fantasist of rare distinction.

In the last few years, Shepard has been utterly inspired, producing story after brilliant story. Now Trujillo – his biggest and best collection to-date – assembles the cream of this extraordinary output: one novel, six novellas, and four novelettes, all of them portals into the most extreme and terrifying possibilities of contemporary existence.

Discover here a Russian nightclub that is also a metaphysical kingdom, the realm of terminal disillusionment; encounter here the strange ghosts and apocalypses latent in the War on Terror; read here of prison as Purgatory, of UFOs as emblems of criminal despair, of the merciless imperatives of evolution emerging from African jungles to remake the human race.

And explore here, in five especially intense tales, the seedy yet magical precincts of Trujillo, where native Hondurans and expatriate Americans alike confront the illusory, demonic, and uncertainly redemptive essentials of memory and the human soul.

Trujillo is an unforgettable cornucopia of vision and violence – the story collection of the year.


  • Introduction by Michael Swanwick
  • Trujillo (novel)
  • Only Partly Here
  • Hands Up! Who Wants to Die?
  • The Same Old Story
  • A Walk in the Garden
  • Eternity and Afterward
  • Jailwise
  • Crocodile Rock
  • The Drive-In Puerto Rico
  • The Park Sweeper
  • Señor Volto
updated 2010-09-07

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