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From Publishers Weekly

The strange is matter-of-factly mundane in Canadian author and editor Lalumière's collection of 10 reprinted and two original stories of the surreal and fantastic. Deities and spiritual grace are both unfathomably alien and somehow less than you might expect when Lucifer makes a deal with the phone company (A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens) and likewise in the title story, where keeping your gods satisfied is like caring for extra-finicky but disturbingly powerful cats. Lalumière's love of comic book heroes informs the antics of Hochelaga and Sons, Spiderkid and Destroyer of Worlds, and the daily lives of zombies set the stage for the blackly comedic The Ethical Treatment of Meat and A Visit to the Optometrist. Even when the plots aren't quite enough to carry Lalumière's curious ideas, they're still intensely memorable. (Nov.)
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Claude Lalumiere's stories are dark, mordant, precisely formed. His first collection is extraordinarily accomplished in its craft and subversive intent. -----Lucius Shepard

Lalumiere's astounding imagination has birthed entire worlds for each story, and you never know just where his journeys will end. That aforementioned ice age wasteland is simply the stage for a young couple fleeing a cult; that werewolf also attacks an alien and morphs into a Lovecraftian creature(!); and when one of those zombies gets replacement human eyes, he/it discovers that they're possessed by a wizard trying to resurrect a dark god(!!). If you're hungry for original genre content, Objects of Worship is just the nectar you've been praying for. -----Dave Alexander, Rue Morgue

These stories are terrifically creepy. And not unlike Edgar Allan Poe or Potted Meat Product, they gave me the willies. -----Christopher Moore

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098129782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297828
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Claude Lalumière (claudepages.info) is the author of OBJECTS OF WORSHIP (2009), THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES (2011), NOCTURNES AND OTHER NOCTURNES (2013), and the forthcoming VENERA DREAMS (2017). He has edited fifteen anthologies in various genres. Originally from Montreal, he's currently headquartered in Vancouver.

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"Objects of Worship" is a great little book. The title story alone is worth the purchase. It's one of the creepiest short stories I've read in a while, and also quite thought-provoking. I've never read Lalumière before, but I thoroughly enjoyed him. His stories can be strange, his takes on things can be wacky, but his sense of humor is dark and excellent, and if nothing else, he is a man with some interesting ideas.

I give the book 4 stars, because the collection is a little uneven. Some of the stories are definitely a lot stronger than others, but to be honest, I found I did not totally mind. The Publisher's Weekly review is pretty spot on when they said, "Even when the plots aren't quite enough to carry Lalumière's curious ideas, they're still intensely memorable." So yes, sometimes I felt a like not everything in a story worked, but for some reason I was okay with that. I think that is to the author's credit. Even if I wasn't always right there with him, I was glad to be along for the ride.

Table of Contents

Introduction by James Morrow

The Object of Worship

The Ethical Treatment of Meat

Hochelaga and Sons

The Sea, at Bari

The Darkness at the Heart of the World



A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens

A Visit to the Optometrist

Roman Predator's Chimeric Odyssey

Destroyer of Worlds

This Is the Ice Age

Afterword: Behind the Scenes with Claude Lalumière
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