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The Mutant Rain Forest is nature's revenge upon man's despoliation.
Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston, SFPA’s first two Grandmaster Poets, created and began exploring the Mutant Rain Forest in the late 1980s with both collaborative and solo works.
Since that time, stories and/or poems set in the Mutant Rain Forest have appeared in Omni, Asimov’s SF Magazine, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin’s), Year’s Best Horror (DAW), The Rhysling Anthology, and many other publications.
In the mutant rain forest it’s adapt or be redacted.
Their collaborative poem “Return to the Mutant Rain Forest” received first place in the 2006 Locus Poll for All-Time Favorite Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Poem. Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest collects the best stories and poems from this world: two novelettes, four short stories, two flash fictions (nearly 40,000 words of fiction), and 38 poems, including two stories and five poems appearing here for the first time.
Maggot to fly. Tadpole to poison frog. Man to abomination.
Includes the following short stories:
- Cruising Through Blueland
- Holos at an Exhibition of the Mutant Rain Forest
- The Tale Within
- A Trader on the Border of the Mutant Rain Forest
- Going Green in the Mutant Rain Forest
- Descent into Eden
- Aerial Reconnaissance of a Conflagration…
- Surrounded by the Mutant Rain Forest
- And a lot of poems!
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Interview with the authors:
What makes this collection so special?
Bruce Boston: “Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest was written by the first two Grandmasters of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. It was more than twenty-years in the making.”
How did you two come up with the idea for this science fiction epic?
Robert Frazier: “In the mid-eighties, Bruce asked me for a story for Berkeley Poets Cooperative. I sent him a cautionary tale of a mutated creature from the waters of the Amazon. He liked the milieu: mutation and the jungle. I had previously explored their collision in two poems for Asimov’s SF and Amazing Stories, but Bruce insisted there were rich poetic possibilities still to be mined. Soon we were trading stanzas to ‘Return to the Mutant Rain Forest,’ which proved to have considerable legs, and, more importantly, became the kick-start to a growing series.”
Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest categories:
- Post apocalyptic science fiction horror
- Science Fiction Adventure
- Alien Contact Science Fiction
- Metaphysical Horror Suspense
- Poetry and short story collection
- Dark Fantasy Horror
- Alien Invasion Adventure
- Dystopian US Horror Fiction
Stories by Ramsey Campbell, David J. Schow, Edward Lee, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy Taylor, Owl Goingback, Damien Angelica Walters, Bruce Boston, Cody Goodfellow, Monica J. O'Rourke, Michael Bailey, Erinn L. Kemper, Mark Alan Miller, Jess Landry, Santiago Eximeno, Gregory L. Norris, Greg Sisco, Michael Gray Baughan.
Edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti.
Cover Art by Wendy Saber Core, internal illustrations by Stefano Cardoselli.
The Legend Continues…
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes the Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This 5th volume includes:
- “Always After Three” by Gemma Files - A young couple discovers that in a downtown condo you almost never know who your neighbours are, or what they might be doing.
- “In the Family” by Lucy A. Snyder - A former child actress reveals dark family secrets to her long-lost niece.
- “Voices Like Barbed Wire” by Tim Waggoner - Sometimes forgetting is more painful than remembering.
- “The Flutter of Silent Wings” by Gene O’Neill - A heartbreaking tribute to a Shirley Jackson classic.
- “Guardian” by Paul Michael Anderson - Even creatures beyond time and space need friendship.
- “Farewell Valencia” by Craig Wallwork - When you’ve got no reason to live, there’s a hotel that can give you every reason to die. So book in, unpack, and prepare to be checked out, forever.
- “A Dream Most Ancient and Alone” by Allison Pang - A lake mermaid with a penchant for eating children forms a tenuous friendship with an abused girl trying to escape her past.
- “The Monster Told Me To” by Stephanie M. Wytovich - In order for Bria to deal with her past, she must confront the ghosts of her present.
- “Dead Bodies Don’t Scream” by Michelle Ann King - If the universe won’t give her a miracle, Allie will make one for herself. But dark magic has a price.
- “The Boy” by Cory Cone - Grief-stricken from the loss of her husband, a young woman fears she may lose her son as well, if she hasn’t already.
- “Starve a Fever” by Jonah Buck - Fleeing down a bayou highway with a sick criminal in the backseat, a getaway driver must sate his passenger’s horrifying needs while evading the police.
- “Umbilicus” by Lucy Taylor - A father becomes involved in a scheme to rescue a friend’s lost son—with terrifying results.
- “Nonpareil” by Laura Blackwell - Maisie’s wedding cake business needs every client it can get—but between the groom’s unpleasant family and the mysterious bride’s strange requests, Maisie has a tough job baking a cake that will please everyone.
- “The Weeds and the Wildness Yet” by Robert Stahl - Reeling over the death of his wife, Charlie stumbles across a mysterious object—the legendary monkey’s paw. Despite the terrible events that befall that fictional family, he can’t help but give it a try.
- “The Color of Loss and Love” by Jason Sizemore - A couple set out to rescue an unfamiliar couple, only to face an airborne disease.
An anthology of surrealistic compositions created by some of the finest names in genre fiction. A showcase of international talent undaunted by the conventions of language and common narrative structures. Here is timelessness. Here is Surreal Worlds.
-G.O. Clark, Asimov’s Readers’ Award Winner, author of Bone Sprockets
“Boston fuels his poetry with insights into science, art , and music that flow on a bright stream of imagination and sense of wonder.”
-Joe Haldeman, Nebula Award Winner, author of Camouflage
“A damned fine gathering. Weighty. As you peer into its facets, where the torched ruins of memory flicker with a dark fire, nearly every poem seems to be the central work. Boston exhibits a stoned blind love of the fantastic.”
-Robert Frazier, SFPA Grandmaster Poet, author of The Daily Chernobyl
“Shades Fantastic is a page turner of a poetry collection, where elegy is allowed to consort with absurdity. Boston’s words depart as the very birds of startlement.”
-Andrew Joron, Gertrude Stein Award Winner, author of Fathom
Bruce Boston's poetry collection contains 37 works, including the winner of the 2005 Asimov's Readers'Award, "Heavy Weather", and five poems that are appearing for the first time anywhere. Boston's powerful, sweeping creations are enhanced by black and white illustrations by the award-winning Marge Simon.
Over one hundred of Boston’s best short poems (under fifty lines) from more than forty years of publishing, including fifteen award-winning poems.
Boston’s poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
“Boston forces us to make eye contact with alchemists, angels, ghosts, werewolves, demagogues, monsters, demons, spacers, robots, berserkers, their lovers, and their victims. Inventive, speculative to the point of skewering us with wonder, innovative, resonant with melody, this overview of Boston's work from the early 70's to the present dramatizes the development of one of America's most skilled and inspired poets.” – Mary Turzillo, Lovers & Killers, Mars Girls, Elgin and Nebula Award Winner
“In these fleet, always musical poems, Boston spotlights not only infinite vistas of time and space but also the grottos of our most intransigent longings and fears. These same poems may move us to gasp or guffaw to the point of finding ourselves, to purloin a phrase of the poet's, ‘polymorphously pleasure-spent.’ Brief Encounters twinkles luminously and always delivers.” – Michael Bishop, Nebula Award Winner, author of Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories
“With Brief Encounters, Boston manages an amazing feat: he not only knocks it out of the park, but also shows us he's been doing it for decades. A great read for anyone who enjoys seeing what wonders words can work...and who isn't afraid to step into the dark from time to time.” – Michaelbrent Collings, multiple Bram Stoker Award Nominee and bestselling author of The Longest Con
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Interview with the author:
So what makes this collection of selected short poems so special?
Bruce Boston: It contains more than a hundred of my best poems under fifty lines collected from more than forty years of publishing, including 14 award-winning poems.
Which poem is your favorite and why?
Bruce Boston: Hard to pick a single favorite in over 100 poems, but if I have to, I'd go with "For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets." It was my first Rhysling Award poem and the one that most readers seem to remember.
Why should readers give dark poetry book a try?
Bruce Boston: Because it is poetry written for and available to any literate reader, not just other poets.
Brief Encounters eBook categories:
- US Horror Fiction
- Poetry collection
- Dark poetry collection
- Horror haiku writing
- Horror Suspense
- Psychological thriller
- Dystopian Science fiction
- Horror literature
- Post apocalyptic science fiction
"...the poems in this collection range from the outstanding to the brilliant. There wasn't a piece of work I didn't personally find technically and aesthetically flawless... these small masterpieces instill emotions few, if any, other poets in the speculative field are capable of."--Gary West, Mondo Bizarro
If the Howling Void in your own soul wrote poems, it would collect them, and call it Pitchblende: and then publish it under the name Bruce Boston. Meanwhile it will haunt you. Go ahead: read The Canticle of Rage or Spirit Reborn. Read The Long Sleep of Dawn and, the loneliest poem, In Your Bones Only You Alone Know. Read Bruce Boston's Pitchblende and good luck in the recovery room. Your soul will thank you...you will hate you. And if you want to meet The Devil: turn to page 59..."Dresden, Nagasaki, Hiroshima." Boston's Poems will drag you. Boston's dark music will ring in your hallowed halls.--Matthew David Campbell, Author, Harmonious Anarchy & The House of Eros
Pitchblende by Bruce Boston collects thirty-two new and previously published poems. Pitchblende received the Bram Stoker Award for Poetry. Selected and with an Introduction by Michael Arnzen. Illustrated by Marge Simon. Poems included are "Flesh Bone Blood," "The Lesions of Genetic Sin," "Like an Addict Glowing," "Alien Quarry," "Pavane for a Cyber-Princess," "The Canticles of Rage," "In Far Pale Clarity," "Ghost Blood," "The Prince Comes in Velvet," "She Was There for Him the Last Time," and twenty-two other poems.
"...Pitchblende is radioactive. It's a mineralized form of uranium oxide-black and hard and dangerous. It looks something like crystallized coal cracked right out of the gates of hell; it's darker than tar and stronger than time and its lethal nature is sneaky and invisible and inescapable once you've touched it. Killer rock. A fitting metaphor for the rock solid poetry of Bruce Boston. It's scary, powerful stuff. And it's got a half-life that will outlive you. This poetry stands the test of time..." From the introduction by Michael Arnzen
“Original, intelligent and exquisitely rendered, Sacrificial Nights is an absolute tour de force, a richly layered Chinese Box of sorts, where each part is as important as the whole. In a world of cookie-cutter plots and tired poetry, Sacrificial Nights is a shot of cool night air, shadowy, dangerous, and addictive as sin.” —Greg F. Gifune, author of The Bleeding Season
"When a book is both lucid and hallucinogenic, the effect can be shocking, luminous … transgressive. The collision of talents in this extraordinary work practically establishes a new genre – macabre noir." —Robert Dunbar, author of Willy
“Populated by denizens who straddle the line between salvation and damnation, Sacrificial Nightsreads like a flashlight exploration of the darkness lurking behind closed doors and down blind alleys. Boston and Manzetti deftly navigate the shadows where human monsters dwell.” —Michael McBride, author of Subterrestrial