I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like

by Justin Isis
Release date: 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror, mainstream, magical realism, short stories

Introduction by Quentin S. Crisp.

I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like is a collection of obsessive and yet crystalline stories set in contemporary Japan, written with savvy that is flawlessly streetwise, literary and metaphysically profound all at once.

From the back cover copy: “If a deracinated Oscar Wilde or Villiers de L’isle-Adam were transported from Europe at the end of the nineteenth century to Japan at the beginning of the twenty-first, their aesthetic ecstasies and mystical revelations might involve otherworldly street fashion, animistic consumerism and mantis-like sexual encounters. This is the world of I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like – a landscape of crystalline obsession where beauty and terror collide. In these ten stories, Justin Isis weighs miniaturised epiphanies of artificial paradise against the immense bleakness of the post-Copernican universe.”

Contents:

  • I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like
  • Nanako
  • Manami’s Hair
  • The Garden of Sleep
  • I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like
  • The Quest for Chinese People
  • A Design for Life
  • I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like Etc.
  • The Eye of the Living Is No Warmth
  • A Thread from Heaven
(updated 2012-11-12)

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