Logorrhea : Good Words Make Good Stories

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For most of us, these prizewinning spelling bee words would be difficult to pronounce, let alone spell. We asked twenty-one of today's most talented and inventive writers to go even further and pen an original tale inspired by one of dozens of obscure and fascinating championship words. The result is Logorrhea--a veritable dictionary of the weird, the fantastic, the haunting, and the indefinable that will have you spellbound from the very first page. Including twenty-one stories and the inscrutable words that inspired them: Chiaroscuro: "The Chiaroscurist" by Hal Duncan Lyceum: "Lyceum" by Liz Williams Vivisepulture: "Vivisepulture" by David Prill Eczema: "Eczema" by Clare Dudman Sacrilege, Semaphore: "Semaphore" by Alex Irvine Smaragdine: "The Smaragdine Knot" by Marly Youmans Insouciant: "A Portrait in Ivory" by Michael Moorcock Cambist: "The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham Logorrhea: "Logorrhea" by Michelle Richmond Pococurante: "Pococurante" by Anna Tambour Autochthonous: "From Around Here" by Tim Pratt Vignette: "Vignette" by Elizabeth Hand Sycophant: "Plight of the Sycophant" by Alan DeNiro Elegiacal: "The Last Elegy" by Matthew Cheney Eudaemonic: "Eudaemonic" by Jay Caselberg Macerate: "Softer" by Paolo Bacigalupi Transept: "Crossing the Seven" by Jay Lake Psoriasis: "Tsuris" by Leslie What Euonym: "The Euonymist" by Neil Williamson Dulcimer: "Singing of Mount Abora" by Theodora Goss Appoggiatura: "Appoggiatura" by Jeff VanderMeershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 433 pages
  • 132.1 x 205.7 x 27.9mm | 476.28g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Spectra
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0553384333
  • 9780553384338
  • 2,048,739

Review quote

" This book is a logophile's dream-- a left-field collection of stories inspired by winning words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Anyone who has ever spent an hour or two happily browsing the pages of a dictionary will find something to love here." -- Kevin Brockmeier, author of "A Brief History of the Dead "" Delightful.... A treat for dictionary hounds and vocabulary-challenged word lovers everywhere." -- "Booklist"show more

About John Klima

Anthology editor John Klima spent the first quarter century of life in the state of Wisconsin. He moved to New Jersey in the late 90s to get a job in publishing. Since then John has worked in publishing, computer programming, and--since completing his Master's degree in Library and Information Science in December 2005--librarianship. He currently works as the young adult librarian and systems administrator at his local library. Outside of work, he edits the science fiction zine, Electric Velocipede.show more

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