The New Wave Fabulists
Bradford Morrow & Peter Straub
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Over the past three decades, the most adventurous practitioners of the literary arts of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have been transforming those genres into something all but unrecognizable. In Conjunctions’ game-changing New Wave Fabulists issue, guest editor Peter Straub has put together an anthology of innovative literary reinventions of traditional “pulp” forms. Contributors range from Jonathan Lethem to Neil Gaiman, from John Crowley to Kelly Link, from Elizabeth Hand to China Miéville. Gary K. Wolfe and John Clute contribute essays on the ongoing evolution of genre, while the brilliant cartoonist Gahan Wilson has created the cover and original frontispieces for each story.
“Eighteen big-name authors at the respective tops of their games, along with two of the field’s most essential critics . . . brilliantly map out a certain territory where mimesis breeds with surrealism, encouraged by postmodern imaginations and chaperoned by immaculate prose. There’s not a drab or dull tale in the book, and in fact this volume is so rich it demands unhurried consumption.” —The Washington Post “The eighteen stories . . . show both the range and common traits of what Peter Straub seems to value in fantastic literature. All are unfailingly well-written and eschew the themes and plots popularly associated with modern fantasy.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bradford Morrow is the editor of Conjunctions and the recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in literary editing. The author of six novels, his most recent books include the novel The Diviner’s Tale (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the fiction collection The Uninnocent (Pegasus Books). He is currently at work on a collaboration with virtuoso guitarist Alex Skolnick, A Bestiary. A Bard Center fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City. Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, most recently A Dark Matter (Doubleday), as well as two collections of shorter fiction. His work has won many Stoker and World Fantasy awards.