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A FLOCK ON THE DARK SIDE
Some nightmares are strangely sweet; unnaturally appealing.
Some dark places gleam like onyx.
In the twilight, black butterflies glimmer like
forbidden jewels --
like the stories in John Shirley's
Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side.
BLACK BUTTERFLIES WINS STOKER
The Horror Writers Association awarded John Shirley the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievment in Horror for the collection Black Butterflies at a banquet in Hollywood on June 5, 1999. "What Would You Do For Love?" (an orginal novella in the collection) was also nominated in the long fiction category.
BLACK BUTTERFLIES NAMED AS BEST COLLECTION BY THE INTERNATIONAL HORROR GUILD
John Shirley has been recognized for outstanding achievement in horror/dark fantasy the International Horror Guild Award for his 1998 collection, Black Butterflies. The award was presented during a ceremony at the World Horror Convention March 6, 1999, in Atlanta, GA. Shirley, a previous winner for his short story, "Cram," (which is reprinted in Black Butterflies) was also nominated for his novella, "What Would You Do for Love?"
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY NAMES BLACK BUTTERFLIES ONE OF THE BEST OF 1998
"As demonstrated by this bold and innovative short story collection, few writers -- if any -- handle SF, dark fantasy and psychological horror alike with as much panche as Shirley. But there's depth beneath the scintillating surface, as Shirley plumbs not just the minds but also the souls of those who walk on the wild side." -- Publishers Weekly, November 2, 1998
WHAT THE REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:
Andy Fairclough, "Masters of Terror"full review
...it's not very often that a work of such quality crosses my path....short fiction of the very highest standard. Each story almost without exception is so involving and so
memorable that I came away each time as satisfied as if I had just finished a
damn good novel....When you are in these stories with Shirley driving, you're there living breathing and sweating
with the meanest of the mean and the weirdest of the weird....each [story] holds its own special magic...
Dorman Shindler, in "Des Moines Register" and "Dallas Morning News"full review
Black Butterflies is a tour-de-force collection highlighting his strengths as a story-teller and stylist without equal.
Publishers Weekly:full review
...one of the darkest, edgiest, boldest writers around -- a reputation that will only be enhanced by this first-rate and fierce collection...laid down in adrenalized, jivey, yet extremely artful prose that fairly skids across the page, dragging the reader along with it into shadowed corners of terror and desire. Yet while it's thrilling, there's psychological depth in it, too, as Shirley bores into the brains of his characters, revealing the motivations of those who walk on the wild side. Shirley loses nothing when he moves toward the fantastic...Here, as throughout this blade of a book, Shirley casts a story in which the veil of normalcy and habit is ripped away and his characters, and readers, are invited to behold the fundamental mystery of life.
Brian Hodge in "Hellnotes":full review
...showcases Shirley's chameleon-like
talents at their best and broadest. Not just his mastery of different
genres, but his fluency in radically different voices from story to story...Each of Black Butterflies' sixteen stories is distinct and memorable in its own way, and it's a rare collection about which that can be
said. And this one's a gem, easily among the year's best, no matter what
else 1998 may bring.
Fiona Webster, Amazon.com
Mehitobel Wilson, Carpe Noctem
Jan Kucharzewski, Screem, Germany
Stephen Dedman, Nova Express (Australia)
Wayne Edwards, Lip Dink
Paul T. Riddell, Science Fiction Age
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