M. John Harrison is a cartographer of the liminal; his work sits at the boundaries between genres – horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing – just as his stories traverse the no man’s land between the spatial and the spiritual. Here, in his first collection of short stories for over 15 years, we see the master of the New Wave present new visions of the British landscape, as well the deterioration of international politics, that are as horripilating as they are timely. From gelatinous invaders from the astral plane to siblings at loggerheads because of preferences over pets... These are weird stories for weird times. In an age that is both ‘bland and rotten’ the only glimpses of respite lie in delusion.