It's the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal has redefined American politics. Taxes are at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has brought a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business has many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom is diminishing… and many are desperate to take that freedom back.
Among them is a great dreamer, an immigrant who pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and admired men in the world. That man is Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserve better. And so he set out to create the impossible, a utopia free from government, censorship, and moral restrictions on science—where what you give is what you get. He created Rapture—the shining city below the sea.
But as we all know, this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be… and how it all ended.
About the Author
JOHN SHIRLEY is the author of numerous novels, including Crawlers, Demons, and Wetbones, the recent motion picture novelization of Constantine, and story collections including Really Really Really Really Weird Stories and the Bram Stoker Award–winning collection Black Butterflies. He also writes scripts for television and film, and was co-screenwriter for The Crow. The authorized fan-created website is www.darkecho.com/JohnShirley and his official blog is www.JohnShirley.net.
In Hotter Blood, sex and horror are coupled to an ecstatic effect. This is the second in the provocative anthology series that defined a genre and spanned a generation. Grant Morrison’s Bram Stoker- nominated “The Braille Encyclopedia” spearheads a collection of 24 original stories, with additional contributions from horror stars like Richard Laymon and Nancy Collins, comic book talents Kurt Busiek and John Byrne, and superstar horror director Mick Garris. Explore the dark side of having your lover in “The Tub” with you, find out when “Confession” isn’t good for the soul, and feed your hunger for erotic horror with this delectable collection…
Cemetery Dance called Hotter Blood “outstanding,” Gauntlet labeled it “aggressive and riveting, a virtual Who’s Who of modern horror,” and to 2AM Magazine, it’s “Amazing… highly recommended.”
Il tema della città è stato più volte sfruttato in fantascienza, da quelle volanti di James Blish a quelle del lontano futuro di Clifford Simak. Ma nessuno, prima di John Shirley, aveva esplorato con tanta efficacia il mito della città vivente, organismo tipico del XX secolo e dintorni. Se le città hanno davvero un’anima, è possibile che sia maligna? E ammesso che si tratti di organismi senzienti, è concepibile che il rock sia l’equivalente della loro musica delle sfere? Lo scoprirà il lettore in questo thriller metropolitano ante-litteram, il libro che alla fine degli anni Settanta consacrò John Shirley come uno dei più promettenti autori di fantascienza moderna.
This outstanding anthology of original stories — from both established award-winning authors and exciting new voices — collects tales of cosmic horror inspired by Lovecraft from authors who do not merely imitate, but reimagine, re-energize, and renew the best of his concepts in ways relevant to today’s readers, to create fresh new fiction that explores our modern fears and nightmares. From the depths of R’lyeh to the heights of the Mountains of Madness, some of today’s best weird fiction writers traverse terrain created by Lovecraft and create new eldritch geographies to explore . . .