New Taboos

Mixing outlaw humor, SF adventure, and cutting social criticism, Shirley draws upon his entire arsenal of narrative and commentary. The title essay, “New Taboos” is his prescription for a radical revisioning of America. A new novella, A State of Imprisonment, is a horrifying and grimly hilarious look at the privatization of the prison industry. “Why We Need Forty Years of Hell,” Shirley’s 2011 TEDx address, presents his proudly contrarian view of the near future.

Also featured is our Outspoken Interview showcasing the author’s transgressive sensibility, deep humanity, and mordant wit.

Praise:

“Astonishingly consistent and rigorously horrifying. All his stories give off the chill of top-grade horror.” —New York Times

“One of our best and most singular writers. A powerhouse of ideas and imagery.” —William Gibson

“John Shirley achieves things that other writers wouldn’t dare attempt. Brilliant. The true quill.” —Bruce Sterling

“Shirley writes at the neon-lit frontier of sensory experience.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers who enjoy living a little dangerously are likely to appreciate the sheer, headlong exuberance of Shirley’s imagination.” —San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author:

John Shirley is one of the original “Dread Lords” of Cyberpunk who brought a new noir sensibility to SF and Fantasy in the nineties. Still associated with his literary compatriots Gibson, Rucker, and Sterling, Shirley has expanded his work into comics, film, TV, and music, bringing his legions of fans along with him.

John Shirley is the author of numerous books and many, many short stories. His novels include Bleak HistoryCrawlersDemonsIn Darkness Waiting, and seminal cyberpunk works City Come A-Walkin’as well as the A Song Called Youth trilogy of EclipseEclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. His collections include the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning Black Butterflies,Living Shadows: Stories New & Pre-owned, and In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley. He also writes for screen (The Crow) and television. As a musician Shirley has fronted his own bands and written lyrics for Blue Öyster Cult and others.

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