Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness

Mike Allen et al.

The first volume in the ground-breaking, genre-bending, boundary-pushing Clockwork Phoenix anthology series, published for the first time in digital format by Mythic Delirium Books

“Lush descriptions and exotic imagery startle, engross, chill and electrify the reader, and all 19 stories have a strong and delicious taste of weird.” — Publishers Weekly

Includes critically-acclaimed and award-nominated stories by Catherynne M. Valente, David Sandner, John Grant, Cat Rambo, Leah Bobet, Michael J. DeLuca, Laird Barron, Ekaterina Sedia, Cat Sparks, Tanith Lee, Marie Brennan, Jennifer Crow, Vandana Singh, John C. Wright, C.S. MacCath, Joanna Galbraith, Deborah Biancotti and Erin Hoffman.
CONTENTS

The City of Blind Delight ⋅ Catherynne M. Valente
Old Foss Is the Name of His Cat ⋅ David Sandner
All the Little Gods We Are ⋅ John Grant
The Dew Drop Coffee Lounge ⋅ Cat Rambo
Bell, Book and Candle ⋅ Leah Bobet
The Tarrying Messenger ⋅ Michael J. DeLuca
The Occultation ⋅ Laird Barron
There Is a Monster Under Helen’s Bed ⋅ Ekaterina Sedia
Palisade ⋅ Cat Sparks
The Woman ⋅ Tanith Lee
A Mask of Flesh ⋅ Marie Brennan
Seven Scenes from Harrai’s ‘Sacred Mountain’ ⋅ Jennifer Crow
Oblivion: A Journey ⋅ Vandana Singh
Choosers of the Slain ⋅ John C. Wright
Akhila, Divided ⋅ C. S. MacCath
The Moon-Keeper’s Friend ⋅ Joanna Galbraith
The Tailor of Time ⋅ Deborah Biancotti
Root and Vein ⋅ Erin Hoffman
With a whimsical introduction and new afterword by Nebula Award-nominated editor Mike Allen.

Selected for the Locus Magazine 2008 Recommended Reading List

Author and editor Allen (Mythic) has compiled a neatly packaged set of short stories that flow cleverly and seamlessly from one inspiration to another. In “The City of Blind Delight” by Catherynne M. Valente, a man inadvertently ends up on a train that takes him to an inescapable city of extraordinary wonders. In “All the Little Gods We Are,” Hugo winner John Grant takes a mind trip to possible parallel universes. Modern topics make an appearance among the whimsy and strangeness: Ekaterina Sedia delves into the misunderstandings that occur between cultures and languages in “There Is a Monster Under Helen’s Bed,” while Tanith Lee gleefully skewers gender politics with “The Woman,” giving the reader a glimpse of what might happen if there was only one fertile woman left in a world of men. Lush descriptions and exotic imagery startle, engross, chill and electrify the reader, and all 19 stories have a strong and delicious taste of weird.
— Publishers Weekly

A very strong first volume … Established writers and new names all are in good form here … A series of great promise. Prospects on the anthology front look ever better.
— Locus

I would have bought this book for its mysteriously gorgeous cover art alone, but the stellar lineup of contributing writers sold me completely … CLOCKWORK PHOENIX editor Mike Allen describes the anthology as “a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques.” His choices here don’t disappoint.
— PhillyBurbs.com

Even if you’re not into the genre, this is a welcome read that’ll hopefully strike an emotional chord in you.
— Bibliophile Stalker

Another “new weird” collection, perhaps? A slipstream opus? Whatever — set somewhere between fantasy, SF, and something else, the stories selected by editor Mike Allen have an unique property: they are never tedious … I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for top-notch fiction irrespective of genre labels.
— The Harrow

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