Irregular Verbs

keluarga: to move to a new village

lunak,/em>: to search for something without finding it

mencintai: to love for the last time

Meet a guilt-ridden nurse who atones for her sins by joining her zombified patients in exile; a lone soldier standing guard on a desolate Arctic island against an invasion that may be all in his mind; a folksinger who tries to unionize Hell; and a private eye who only takes your case after you die. Visit a resettlement centre for refugees from ancient Rome; a lost country recreated by its last citizen on the Internet; and a restaurant where the owner’s ghost lingers for one final party. Discover the inflationary effects of a dragon’s hoard, the secret connection between Mark Twain and Frankenstein, and the magic power of blackberry jam – all in this debut collection of strange, funny, and bittersweet tales by acclaimed writer Matthew Johnson.

Matthew Johnson is a writer and educator who lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children. His stories have been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, among other places, has been reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and Best New Fantasy 2, and translated into Russian, Danish and Czech. His work has been nominated for the Sidewise Award and the Pushcart Prize and has twice been Highly Commended by the MEDEA Awards.

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