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Last Summer at Mars Hill

And Other Short Stories

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Featuring the Nebula and World Fantasy Award–winning novella “Last Summer at Mars Hill”

Twelve exceptional stories by the multiple award–winning author of Waking the Moon and Black Light prove that Elizabeth Hand is just as adept with short fiction as she is in the novel form. The title story traces a world-changing summer at a New England artists’ colony for young Shadowmoon Starlight Rising, who comes to know life, death, and an unbelievable secret about the strange apparitions that dwell in her community. Other stories include “Snow on Sugar Mountain,” which features a young boy who has the power to shapeshift into any form with the help of a Native American artifact; “The Bacchae,” in which womankind rules a savage futuristic version of our world; and “The Erl-King,” where a fairy tale horrifyingly comes true. Each story includes an afterword by the author. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Hand including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 1998 – What shines through nearly all of the 11 stories and one poem in this fine collection, besides the beautiful writing, are healthy doses of skepticism about the intrinsic goodness of both mystical phenomena and scientific progress. The anthology opens with the title story (winner of the 1995 Nebula for Best Novella), a tale about spirituality, death and hope set in an artists' community in New England where strange phantoms with unknowable motives dwell. "The Erl-King" is filled with exploded pop-'60s images and the decadent aftermath of fame, providing an otherworldly answer to the question of why the core people involved with Warhol's factory imploded. "The Have-Nots" is one of the few stories here with a happy ending; it features an unnamed Elvis, a drunken waitress and a delicious and loving send-up of trailer-trash foibles and middle-class virtues. "In the Month of Athyr," one of Hand's admittedly rare attempts at writing SF in short form, presents a view of genetic advances as shady operations doomed to produce disaster and decay. "The Boy in the Tree" is an exceptionally grim tale about science battling pagan powers, with mental health the clear loser. The collection ends with "Prince of Flowers," Hand's first published story (10 years ago in Twilight Zone), and this familiar riff on exotic gods is the weakest entry. Each story is appended by an afterword; pithy, but informative, they present an upbeat portrait of Hand's influences and explicate how some of the stories prefigured novels (Waking the Moon, etc.). Poignant and terrifying by turns, this collection isn't for the easily shocked, but it will satisfy readers who long for rich prose and deep, dark dreams.
Last Summer at Mars Hill
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: May 14, 2013
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 324 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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