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.
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 ... (more)