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Plots and Misadventures[signed hardcover] Stephen Gallagher

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Plots and Misadventures

A signed PC hardcover copy by Stephen Gallagher

Subterranean Press

Dust jacket by Edward Miller

"If the truth be told the short story is probably the superior form, because there's no getting away with anything. You get it exactly right or it doesn't work at all."

Eleven flights of fancy and one true story... but it can be hard to say where fancy ends and the truth begins.

In this, his second collection of short fiction, award-winning author and screenwriter Stephen Gallagher delivers his unique take on the weird, the wonderful and the downright strange. These are tales in which the world is very much as we know it, but charged with a sense of the wonders that lie in wait just beneath the surface of our everyday reality.

Grisly goings-on in a tattoo parlour...
A bereaved girl's poetic revenge...
Hunting fairies with pickup truck and cattle prod...

Along with The Blackwood Oak, a novella making its first appearance between these covers, the stories have been drawn together from sources as diverse as Weird Tales, Subterranean, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Winter Chills, and The Dark.

"I suppose I'm aiming for a bittersweet resonance, a kind of optimistic tristesse. That's the fundamental, constant note that I hear from the universe when I manage to screen out everything else, and it's what I try to share when I write. Life is sweet, everyone matters, and everything dies.
Nothing in art plays better than melancholia; hence the sunset, the adagio, the torch song, the blues, the big-eyed weeping kitten."

Limited: 750 signed numbered copies

Table of Contents:

  • Little Dead Girl Singing
  • The Back of His Hand
  • Restraint
  • The Plot
  • Doctor Hood
  • Jailbird for Jesus
  • Hunter, Killer
  • My Repeater
  • The Wishing Ball
  • Like Clockwork
  • The Blackwood Oak