Shriek : An Afterword

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An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love, and death in the imaginary city of Ambergris--previously chronicled in Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed "City of Saints & Madmen"--"Shriek: An Afterword" relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies. Narrated with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions by ex-society figure Janice Shriek, this afterword presents a vivid gallery of characters and events, emphasizing the adventures of Janice's brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a secret that may kill or transform him; a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever; and the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies who have been waiting underground for their chance to mold the future of the city. Part academic treatise, part tell-all biography, after this introduction to the Family Shriek, you'll never look at history in quite the same way more

Product details

  • Paperback | 345 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 598.74g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0765314665
  • 9780765314666
  • 283,862

Review quote

"As complicated, impressive and exasperating as anything [Jeff VanderMeer] has written....twisted, darkly funny and ultimately rewarding." -- Jon Courtenay Grimwood "The Guardian"show more

Back cover copy

"Shriek: An Afterword" is the first novel set in Ambergris, World Fantasy-award winning author Jeff VanderMeer's best-loved setting. Praise for "Shriek: An Afterword" "Here is a desert island book, a tale you can lose yourself in for days, a novel of character in which the setting--the magnificently gritty city-state named Ambergris--proves as the light fails to be the finest character of all." --Gene Wolfe "There's a madness in Jeff VanderMeer's literary eye, and I would be a liar if I didn't admit it seems intimately familiar. VanderMeer envisions an outlaw literature of shrieks and shouts and a screaming across the sky, worth a thousand polite and respectable mutterings. I, for one, am listening." --Steve Erickson "An enthralling book which takes you into the vivid and superbly-realised world of Ambergris. It is in turn unsettling, moving and thrilling--with passages of writing that can be dryly funny on one page . . . and beautiful on the next." --Clare Dudman "Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer. His vision of Ambergris is passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying. What is remarkable about "Shriek: An Afterword" is the way it combines such surreal imagery with intensely human feeling. He writes about real people--about the real world." --Tamar Yellin Praise for "City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris" "Somewhere at the intersection of pulp and Surrealism, drawing on the very best of both traditions, is Jeff VanderMeer's Ambergris. Unsettling, erudite, dark, shot through with unexpected humour, the stories engross and challenge endlessly. Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction." --China Mieville on "City ofSaints and Madmen""" "A rare treasure, to be tasted with both relish and respect. It is the work of an original. It's what you've been looking for." --Michael Moorcock "Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work... connoisseurs of the finest in postmodern fantasy will find it enormously rewarding." --"Publisher's Weekly "(starred review)"" "" Praise for Jeff VanderMeer ""Secret Life," an utter dazzlement, demonstrates one of this literary era's defining truths, that in the hands of a brilliant writer like Jeff VanderMeer, writing fantasy can be a means of serious artistic expression. In VanderMeer's hands, it is also playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly, imaginative." --Peter Straub ""Veniss Underground" is full of beautiful sentences, black humor and terrible wonders ... it marks VanderMeer as a novelist to be reckoned with." --"San Francisco"" Chronicle"show more

About Jeff Vandermeer

Widely regarded as one of the world's best fantasists, bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer's book-length fiction has been translated into fourteen languages, while his short fiction has appeared in several year's best anthologies and short-listed for "Best American Short Stories." His most recent books have made the year's best lists of "Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, "and" Los Angeles Weekly." He is also the recipient of an NEA-funded Florida Individual Artist Fellowship for excellence in fiction and a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant. A two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, VanderMeer has also been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In addition to his writing, VanderMeer has edited or co-edited several anthologies, including the critically acclaimed "Leviathan" fiction anthology series and "The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases." He will also co-edit the inaugural edition of "Best American Fantasy." VanderMeer grew up in the Fiji Islands and spent six months traveling through Asia, Africa, and Europe before returning to the United States. These travels have deeply influenced his fiction. He now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Ann, and three more