Shriek by Jeff VanderMeer
An Afterword

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An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love, and death in the imaginary city of Ambergris--previously chronicled in Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed City of Saints & Madmen--Shriek: An Afterword relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies.

Narrated with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions by ex-society figure Janice Shriek, this afterword presents a vivid gallery of characters and events, emphasizing the adventures of Janice's brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a secret that may kill or transform him; a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever; and the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies who have been waiting underground for their chance to mold the future of the city.

Part academic treatise, part tell-all biography, after this introduction to the Family Shriek, you'll never look at history in quite the same way again.


About Jeff VanderMeer

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JEFF VANDERMEER is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and a past finalist for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, Stoker, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Published July 10, 2007 by Tor Books. 356 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strange Horizons

Her growth over the course of the novel is similarly unexciting: through the process of narrating her and Duncan's life, Janice achieves some perfunctory insight into her own psyche, but it doesn't amount to much beyond the fact that she should stop obsessing about her father's death and go out a...

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The Zone

This volume is presented as a biographical afterword to the 'Early History', written by Duncan's sister Janice after he has disappeared - or so she thinks, because Duncan has found her manuscript and made his own annotations.

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New Haven Review

We’re delighted that we’re not the only literary enterprise on the lookout for under-appreciated books and authors.

Nov 30 2008 | Read Full Review of Shriek: An Afterword

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