In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a fun way for book bloggers to highlight new acquisitions. This week I acquired:
Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury edited by Sam Weller & Mort Castle. Won from Library Thing Early Reviewers. Release date: July 10 2012. The timing of this book is particularly poignant, since we just lost Ray Bradbury. This book collects 26 short stories by some of the finest writers in the industry, including stories by the two editors and an introduction by Bradbury himself, written before his death. Here is the book description from Amazon:
What do you imagine when you hear the name . . . Bradbury?
You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you’re returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . . almost.
Ray Bradbury—peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America’s most beloved authors—is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today’s most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.
This could be one of the year’s best collections.
The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. Now available. I have to admit in all my years reading and collecting horror, I was unaware of this book. First published in 1933, there have been various editions through the years. The newest edition, just released, is from Pegasus Crime. I’m so happy I stumbled upon it while browsing at Barnes & Noble last night. Here’s what Barnes & Noble has to say:
The werewolf is one of the great iconic figures of horror in folklore, legend, film, and literature. And connoisseurs of horror fiction know that The Werewolf of Paris is a cornerstone work, a masterpiece of the genre that deservedly ranks with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Endore’s classic novel has not only withstood the test of time since it was first published in 1933, but it boldly used and portrayed elements of sexual compulsion in ways that had never been seen before, at least not in horror literature.
In this gripping work of historical fiction, Endore’s werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels across pre-Revolutionary France seeking to calm the beast within. Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this novel was decidedly influential for the generations of horror and science fiction authors who came afterward.
And because I love delving into the history of a book, especially one this old, here are some covers from previously published editions:
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Now available. I have to say I hate the cover of this book, but it’s been getting amazing reviews, and could turn out to be a sleeper hit this year. Here’s the story description from Goodreads:
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.
This sounds amazing! I can’t wait. What’s in your mailbox this week?