Philip K. Dick Award 1986, Nebula Award nominee 1985.
A generation after the bombs wiped out Los Angeles (along with most
of the rest of the world) survivors have trickled back to set up life
in the ruins. Times are hard. People take whatever solace they can –
from each other, from new drugs, from perversions only whispered about
in the infamous private club called Deviant's Palace. Some turn to the
mysterious religious cult formed by Norton Jaybush – and once they are
taken into that group, not one is ever seen again.
Greg Rivas has a reputation as a tough guy. When the woman he once loved disappears into the Jaybush cult, he takes on the most dangerous assignment of his life: to infiltrate the cult and bring her home alive. What he finds at its center, when he learns at last what Norton Jaybush really is, is a horror so devastating that he will never be free of it; and the world will be changed forever...
Tim Powers won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare. Declare also received the International Horror Guild Award. His novel On Stranger Tides inspired the Monkey Island video game series and was sold to Disney for the movie franchise installment Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. His book The Anubis Gates won the Philip K. Dick award and is considered a modern science fiction classic and a progenitor of the Steampunk genre. Powers won the Dick award again for straight science fiction post-apocalypse novel Dinner at Deviant’s Palace.
Many of his novels, such as Last Call, and Alternate Routes, are so-called “secret histories,” which use real historical ... (more)