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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809573121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809573127
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,543,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Mamatas. Author of a number of novels; Move Under Ground (Night Shade 2004, Prime 2006) and Under My Roof (Soft Skull Press, 2007), Sensation (PM Press, 2011), The Damned Highway (Dark Horse, with Brian Keene, 2011), Bullettime (CZP, 2012) Love Is the Law (Dark Horse, 2013), and The Last Weekend (PS Publishing, 2014) two collections; 3000MPH In Every Direction At Once (Prime 2003) and You Might Sleep... (Prime 2009), and the novella Northern Gothic (Soft Skull, 2001).

He is also the editor of the anthologies The Urban Bizarre (Prime 2003), Phantom #0 (Prime 2005), Spicy Slipstream Stories (with Jay Lake, Lethe 2008), and Haunted Legends (with Ellen Datlow, Tor 2010). As part of his day job, he co-edited the Locus Award nominee The Future Is Japanese (with Masumi Washington, Haikasoru 2012).

Nick also co-edited the magazine Clarkesworld for two years, which was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards. Stories from Clarkesworld have been collected in a pair of anthologies: Realms and Realms 2 (Wyrm Publishing 2008 and 2009).

Nick's own short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Mississippi Review online, subTERRAIN, and Per Contra, slicks including Razor and Spex, and fantasy and horror magazines and anthologies including New Dark Voices 2, Poe's Lighthouse, ChiZine, and Lovecraft Unbound.

His fiction has been nominated for the Bram Stoker awards three times, the International Horror Guild Award, and Germany's Kurd-Laßwitz Preis. His reportage and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, The Smart Set, H+, Clamor, In These Times, various anthologies. With Kap Su Seol he translated and edited the first English edition of a firsthand account of South Korea's Kwangju massacre--Kwangju Diary (UCLA Asian Pacific, 1999).

Nick now lives in the California Bay Area, where he is editor of tradebooks for VIZ Media and edits both Japanese science fiction novels in translation and books associated with Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Woods on June 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
While reading through this collection of short stories one is likely to be struck with the urge to frown, scratch one's head and maybe even set it down to ponder where the author got some of the ideas for these stories. Understand, it's not that the stories have no basis in previous literature; they just take every left turn most any other author wouldn't, and few writers are frequently told they shouldn't. This, however, is the author's gift: to make new a thing out of something you thought had run its course. Severe sci-fi? Check. Epistolary blog? Check. Partying pirates at war with a slacker's trebuchet? Well, I think he made that one up out of his own cloth.

There are a few head scratchers, but I chalked those instances up to my hesitation with experimental literature in general, and the fact that Mamatas swings for a lot of bleachers here. The good news is that the author's got a big bat, lots of chops, and doesn't really care what you think about what pitches he's swinging at. He takes a lot of risks here with the presentation, language and form - there's a two-liner in here that has a longer title than story, and it's laugh-out loud funny - and I found the overall experience well worth the ride.

Some of the work is funny ("To-Do List"), some frightening ("All That's Left After the Big One Drops"), some raunchy ("Withdraw, Withdraw!"), some just flat-out weird (take your pick). All of it is compelling. And thanks to "Land Speed Record", I now have a new manifesto to tape to the inside of my work cubicle.

Ultimately this book won't be for everyone, but it doesn't detract from the sheer amount of imagination and craft that's coming off it in swathes. For people looking for something that doesn't pull it's punches and can be nibbled at over time, I highly recommend it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tremblay on March 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nick's second collection features 22 stories mixes horror, SF, politics, and attitude. Each story is so different than the rest, which is what I admire most about Nick's work. He's always willing to take a risk, even willing to piss off the reader, to ensure that each story is a different reading experience. Sharp, funny, intelligent, disturbing, never safe. Favorites include (some of which I've blogged about individually in the past) "Joey Ramone Saves the World," "Summon Bind Banish," and "Real People Slash."
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like it but didn't. Gave this author a try and found the writing amateurish and boorish. Don't waste your money. cliches abound and the lack of originality is amazing.
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