The American South has a long literary tradition. Here are fabulous original stories of the strange, the unseen, the magical American South by some of the most brilliantly talented Southern writers of our time. From darkly imagined, powerful tales by Bret Lott, Brad Watson, and Kalamu ya Salaam, to the sensual "A Plate of Mojo" by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, to atmospheric works by Richard Butner and Jack McDevitt, to funny, piquant stories by Scott Edelman, Daniel Wallace, and Michael Swanwick, this is new fiction to delight many readers. With wonderful reprinted stories by Fred Chappell, John Kessel, Andy Duncan, Sena Jeter Naslund and others, "Crossroads" is a place to find great modern Southern magic realism, modern fabulism, and other remarkably entertaining fiction.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 127 x 200.7 x 27.9mm | 385.56g
- 10 Sep 2005
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"The memorable pieces of fiction in "Crossroads," and there are many, are remarkable as stories first, for the tidings they bring of our shared human experience."--Vince Brewton, "Southern Scribe Reviews" on "Crossroads" "To my mind, "Crossroads" is clearly on the road to being one of the best anthologies of the year--in any genre. Or out of all genres. It's just a bunch of great writing with a southern theme."--The Agony Column on "Crossroads" "The crossroads in the title of this unique anthology refers to the intersection between southern letters and the literature of the fantastic, encompassing sf as well as fantasy. All the contributors hail from the South and constitute a diverse medley of veterans, rising stars, and relative newcomers. Sf grandmaster Gene Wolfe contributes a grisly tale of Texas voodoo in "Houston, 1943," in which a child becomes trapped in his own nightmare. "My Life Is Good," by renowned sf editor Scott Edelman, puts a physicist in the awkward position of traveling back in time to prevent singer Randy Newman (a New Orleans native) from becoming president. In "Rose," perhaps the volume's most striking entry, best-selling mainstream author Bret Lott adds another grim detail to the life of Emily Grierson, the groom-slaying heroine of Faulkner's classic "A Rose for Emily." Twenty-six entertaining tales in all, from the darkly disturbing to the bitingly satirical, showcase southern writers' enduring penchant for fusing southern sensibility and magical realism."--"Booklist" on "Crossroads" Praise for Andy Duncan: "The finest writer of short fiction produced by American science fiction in some time." --Nick Gevers, sfsite.com "He is truly one of the brightest new hopes to appear on the SF scene in the past few years. . . . His voice is the true storyteller's voice, wonderfully crafted prose that reads as if it is rolling right out of his mouth extempore." --Rich Horton, Tangent Online "If Harper Lee and Gene Wolfe had a love child, Andy Duncan is it." -- Craig Jacobsen, "SFRA Review"
About F.Brett Cox
F. Brett Cox is the author of many powerful works of literary fiction. A Southerner by birth, he currently lives in Vermont. Andy Duncan has won the World Fantasy Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. His first story collection is "Beluthahatchie and Other Stories." He lives near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.