Author: Christopher Slatsky
Introduction by Kristine Ong Muslim
Interior Illustrations: Käthe Kollwitz
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Published by: Grimscribe Press
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From the author of Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales comes this devastating collection of fifteen stories and essays. A father’s desperate search for his missing child leads to a cosmic haunted realm. A woman returns to her childhood home to find a past preserved in a semblance of life. A young man and his canine companion are plunged into the heart of an occult government exercise deep within a Pacific Northwest forest. An elderly man is subject to mysterious experiments as he descends into dementia. And, in the title novella, a forensic anthropologist is called to the site of the mass suicide of an anti-natalist cult obsessed with contacting Nature.
About the Author
Christopher Slatsky’s stories have appeared in Shadows & Tall Trees, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vastarien: A Literary Journal, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales (Dunhams Manor Press), was released summer of 2015. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Praise for the Author
“This is such adventurous storytelling… Slatsky creates these dense, dark worlds and populates them with plausible, flesh-and-blood characters. He has a remarkable gift for marrying intellectual exploration to pace and plot, so that even his most complicated stories never feel like philosophical exercises or essays.”S.P. Miskowski, author of I Wish I Was Like You and Strange is the Night
“These are literate, intelligent stories, built on foundations of pessimism, cosmicism, and the unearthed horrors of hidden history, arcane science, folklore, religious myth, and the never-tamed natural world that recall melodies of Ligotti and Blackwood. And they are unsettling, these Slatsky stories, fostering a feeling of dread, the grotesque, and the threatening in all manner of persons, places, and things. The nouns are not your friends, and will hurt you.”T.E. Grau, author of The Nameless Dark“
[Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales] ranks (easily) among the strongest weird/horror debuts of recent years.”Daniel Mills, author of The Lord Came at Twilight and Moriah
“One of the finest collections of weird stories to come out in recent years. Brimming with a sly, sinister intelligence – you’ll re-read these pieces twice to squeeze every ounce of terror and bizarre action out of them.”Philip Fracassi, author of Behold the Void
“This is one of the more striking collections to have surfaced in recent years, and I suspect we’ll be seeing much more from this unique scrivener’s pen in the days to come.”C.M. Muller, author of Resurfacing and Vrangr. Editor of Nightscript
“What Alectryomancer provides for us, then, is a dark wonderland, a strange and disconcerting rabbit hole down which any of us can plummet. Written with a significant mark of erudition and in a confident prose style, this collection marks the coming of a shining new talent.”Kurt Fawver, author of Forever, In Pieces and The Dissolution of Small Worlds
“Not only was this one of my favorite books of 2015, it’s among my favorite collections of short stories I’ve ever read, sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Aickman, Ligotti, and T.E.D. Klein’s masterful ‘Dark Gods.’”Christopher Ropes, author of The Operating Theater
“This slim volume is a calling card that quietly announces the arrival of a powerhouse, the quiet erudite cat who’s going to smash caves at the dinner table conversation and you can’t help but simultaneously love and hate him for it.”Acep Hale, The Lovecraft eZine