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The Dust of Wonderland Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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Stoker-winner Thomas (Stained) delivers an intermittently eloquent supernatural tale reminiscent of Peter Straub's Ghost Story. Kenneth Nicholson returns to New Orleans when a late-night call from his ex-wife breaks the tragic news that their son, Bobby, is in a coma, after being bludgeoned by an unknown assailant. As he waits for encouraging medical news, Nicholson gets visions that suggest the possible return of an old evil that was responsible for several gory deaths at a gay lounge popularly referred to as Wonderland. The operator of that club, Nicholson's lover Travis Brugier, was believed dead, but Nicholson begins to wonder if his spirit has resurfaced, possibly in the form of Bobby's attractive girlfriend, Vicki Bach. Thomas's writing is somewhat erratic but often quite good, offering further promise that Thomas could emerge as a leading voice of modern horror. (Aug.)
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''With a wise and loving eye, Lee Thomas depicts a modern family precariously balanced on the edge of ruin. One man's secrets will either set them free, or destroy them. This novel is a rare gem; deft , unique, and darkly beautiful. --Sarah Langan, author of The Keeper and Virus

''The Dust of Wonderland is a heartbreaking thriller with more genuine scaresthan anything else you're likely to read this year and well-drawn characters that feel like old friends. This is supernatural fiction done right. I loved it.'' --Brian Keene, best-selling author of Ghoul

''The Dust of Wonderland is a heartbreaking thriller with more genuine scaresthan anything else you're likely to read this year and well-drawn characters that feel like old friends. This is supernatural fiction done right. I loved it.'' --Brian Keene, best-selling author of Ghoul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593500114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593500115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lee Thomas is the Bram Stoker Award and two-time Lambda Literary Award-winning author of STAINED, THE DUST OF WONDERLAND, THE GERMAN, TORN, ASH STREET, and LIKE LIGHT FOR FLIES. His latest novel BUTCHER'S ROAD was released to critical praise from Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, and Out in Print.

Lee currently lives in Austin, TX, where he's working on his next novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on September 15, 2007
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News that his son was the victim of a brutal assault brings Ken Nicholson back to New Orleans, where he spent most of his young adulthood, and the city where he "came out" to his (now ex) wife and family, who still live there. From the voices in his head, Ken soon suspects that the attack on his son was premeditated to make him return, part of the plan of the sinister and mysterious Travis Brugier, the owner of a unique French Quarter gay brothel that served the city's powerful and elite, where Ken worked for a time. But Ken had seen Travis die, right in front of him, so many years ago. Can this really be him back from the dead, are the voices some kind of sick joke or plot, or is he just going crazy? It's a life-and-death dilemma that Ken needs to solve, before his ex-wife, surviving daughter, and former lover become its next victims.

I'm not really a usual reader of the "horror" genre of gay novels, but this unique "horror-mystery" came highly recommended, and I enjoyed it a great deal. Classically well-written and suspensefully crafted by a talented author, it provides the perfect mixture of page-turning thrills and pure entertainment. I give it five stars out of five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Lamberson on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
OK, I cribbed that line from the covers of DC comics' SWAMP THING during Alan Moore's remarkable run, but Lee Thomas's THE DUST OF WONDERLAND is no less remarkable and the blurb is appropriate and deserved. Thomas brings a literary sensibility not unlike that of Peter Straub's to this tale of dark magic in New Orleans. This is no story of a boogeyman, but rather one of deep, reality emotions trapped in a nightmarish Other World. Take a chance on this mature work and you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah V. Langan on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Thomas' Dust of Wonderland is the beautifully written story of a conflicted man who returns to his estranged family and former lover upon the mysterious death of his son. Though the descriptions of Wonderland are fascinating, what engaged me most about this novel was its utterly believable characters. The ex-wife who refuses to accept that her gay husband will never love her the way she needs; the angry, flawed daughter; the slighted lover; and finally Kenneth Nicholson, the man whose inability to choose has spiraled the people he loves toward destruction. It has all the elements that make for great horror: strong, complex characters, a wise voice, a lush setting, and most importantly, heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suradit on May 22, 2013
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I bought The Dust of Wonderland after reading The German, another book by the same author,which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about this book.

There is a malevolent force abroad, a reincarnated being, with revenge on its agenda. In earlier appearances it was a Puritan witch and a Native American, amongst others personalities, and this time around it first appeared as a enigmatic personage in New Orleans who runs a bordello of sorts that caters to the rich and powerful who want to have their way with young boys behind closed doors. This force/spirit/male-brothel-madam, frustrated in his/its desire to form a lasting relationship with the book's central figure, dies in the midst of a hissy fit while making threats of bad things to come.

Our "hero" gets married, has two kids and then decides he's more homo than heterosexual and so abandons his wife, children and the city of New Orleans for the apparent safety of Texas. This move is prompted because of his increasing awareness of weird happenings taking place while he stays on in New Orleans. Wife, kids, home, boyfriend are all essentially dumped without ceremony.

The malevolent spirit reincarnates once again and starts taking its toll. Our hero rushes back to New Orleans and has to find a way to vanquish the spirit by understanding some cryptic set of events that were described in a book of stories, particularly the one that chronicled what happened when the force appeared as a Native American.

There was a touch of suspense early on in the book, but that quickly dissipated. I can't see readers feeling that any character generated much in the way of sympathy or concern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Evans on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tell me a story. Those words haunted Kenneth Nicholson for years, terrorized his waking hours to the point where he had been forced to abandon his family and the man he loved to start a new life in another state. Not that his new life was anything to brag about -- work and a string of meaningless relationships -- but it wasn't haunted by his past.

When the phone call comes from his ex-wife to tell him that their son has been brutally beaten and his chances of survival are slim, Ken is forced to return to New Orleans. Nobody except his ex-wife knew he was coming back, so when the phone rings and a woman on the other end says, "Welcome home, baby," followed by, "Tell me a story," Ken knows there is something more to his son's attack than just a random beating. When it is discovered that his son's fiancee has vanished, Ken believes she had something to do with it. This is confirmed when the address the woman has given turns out to be where Ken spent a portion of his youth -- and the source of his nightmares.

The home is a rundown mansion formerly known as Wonderland. It was also the home of Travis Brugier, Ken's one-time lover and a man of formidable wealth, influence, and Power. Ken knows in that instant that Travis is responsible for what happened to his son. But Travis is dead by his own hand. The man committed suicide when Ken made it known he wanted out. Now Travis wants him back, and he will stop at nothing until Ken returns to him, even murder, as he demonstrates when Bobby, Ken's son, is killed while in the hospital. Can Travis be stopped before everyone close to Ken suffers?

Rarely have I been blown away by a book the way I was with The Dust of Wonderland. I bought it a couple of years ago and just let it sit on my shelf.
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