Sunsets in a London
suburb, and a transformation into an Earthly paradise; paths winding
through a Transylvanian palace gardens, and an obsessed journey towards a
Mediterranean dream; a city so ancient that even its total
disappearance has been forgotten, and an island of shifting sands that
can never be truly mapped... The vivid and diverse settings of these
stories are façades obscuring reality for the exiles and outcasts who
find their way into them. Seemingly born out of time and place, they
seek the right routes to bring them to where they want to be, but there
are many diversions on the way. In these stories of haunted landscapes
and intimidating cities many possibilities confront the unwary, but
there is usually only one choice to be made.
John Howard was born in London. His books include The Defeat of Grief, The Lustre of Time, The Silver Voices, Written by Daylight, Cities and Thrones and Powers, and Buried Shadows. Secret Europe and Inner Europe are joint collections written with Mark Valentine. Howard’s essays on fantastic fiction and its classic authors have appeared in Wormwood and other places, and many are gathered in Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic.