Before and Afterlives by Christopher Barzak

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Fans of speculative fiction especially will enjoy this ride through the fantastic worlds Barzak conjures. By stretching a bit past reality, these stories reveal it.
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"Although Christopher Barzak is now better known as a novelist, I've always been an admirer of his short stories. His new collection, Before and Afterlives, will make you one too. This generous offering of his best work displays impressive range, depth of feeling, a sharp sense of humor, and a fantastic imagination both lyrical and dark."
—Jeffrey Ford, author of Crackpot Palace

"How to conjure souls? Resurrect the past? Speak to the dead? Christopher Barzak has a talent for ghosts. In a world composed of more than its material aspects, Barzak seems to know that the things unsaid are what haunt us most. Before and Afterlives is a generous contribution to the art of being human."
—M. Rickert, author of Map of Dreams

Discover the haunting stories of Crawford Award-winning author Christopher Barzak in his new collection Before and Afterlives. These are tales of relationships with unearthly domesticity and eeriness: a woman falls in love with a haunted house; a beached mermaid is substituted for a disappeared daughter; the imaginary friend of a murdered young woman stalks the streets of her small town; a mother's teenage son is afflicted with a disease that causes him to vanish; a father exploits his daughter's talent for calling ghosts to her; and a wife leaves her husband and children to fulfill her obligations in the world from which she escaped. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection!
 

About Christopher Barzak

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Christopher Barzak is the author of two novels, One for Sorrow and The Love We Share Without Knowing. His stories have appeared in Nerve.com, Pindeldyboz, Strange Horizons, Descant, and the first volume of Interfictions. He teaches writing at Youngstown State University.
 
Published March 18, 2013 by Lethe Press. 242 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Horror. Fiction
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on Apr 26 2013

Fans of speculative fiction especially will enjoy this ride through the fantastic worlds Barzak conjures. By stretching a bit past reality, these stories reveal it.

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