New Release Books by Michael Cisco

Michael Cisco is the author of Antisocieties - Deluxe (2021), Weird Fiction (2021), Wonder and Glory Forever (2020), Unlanguage (2018) and other 15 books.

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Antisocieties - Deluxe

release date: Mar 15, 2021
Antisocieties - Deluxe
ANTISOCIETIES is a collection of ten stories about isolation - what it does to people, and what isolated people do to each other and themselves. An ominously quiet town. A haunting young adult novel from the turn of the century. Two starving captives frozen in agony. A young boy from a doting family. A man in a cheap Halloween mask. A succession of portraits of people trapped in their own identities, some of whom insist on their own ideas because they would have nothing at all without them. People for whom being seen by another is terrifying. And, like any collection of portraits, ANTISOCIETIES is also a collection of speculative mirrors ...

Weird Fiction

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Weird Fiction
Weird Fiction: A Genre Study presents a comprehensive, contemporary analysis of the genre of weird fiction by identifying the concepts that influence and produce it. Focusing on the sources of narrative content--how the content is produced and what makes something weird--Michael Cisco engages with theories from Deleuze and Guattari to explain how genres work and to understand the relationship between identity and the ordinary. Cisco also uses these theories to examine the supernatural not merely as a horde of tropes, but as a recognition of the infinity of experience in defiance of limiting norms. The book also traces the sociopolitical implications of weird fiction, studying the differentiation of major and minor literatures. Through an articulated theoretical model and close textual analysis, readers will learn not only what weird fiction is, but how and why it is produced.

Wonder and Glory Forever

release date: Nov 18, 2020
Wonder and Glory Forever
Inspired by the Lovecraft''s more optimistic writings, this unique collection spotlights the weird works of nine current horror and fantasy authors, including the award-winning Michael Cisco and Livia Llewellyn. Also includes Clark Ashton Smith''s 1931 "The City of the Singing Flame" and Lovecraft''s own "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."

Unlanguage

release date: Apr 01, 2018
Unlanguage
From Michael Cisco, one of the most innovative and subversive writers working today, comes the long-awaited, ground-breaking novel of a suicide survivor trying in vain to write himself back into existence. Unlanguage is the story of a man transformed by death and by language change. The language, once understood, transforms him, and transforms learning itself. One day, he looks down at the hand resting on his thigh and sees that it''s just an ordinary hand. What had been composed of colored light made solid goes back to being meat and blood. His body reverts to the ordinary sloshing heaviness of a regular body. The exalted vision of his eyes becomes the filmy, blurred vision of the usual kind. He slumps back into his former self. Whirlwinds of shame close on him. With a violent, monkey-like energy he wracks his brains for a way back. Then it occurs to him, he can still write that language. He must write his way back. Told as a structural guide to impossible grammar, Michael Cisco''s Unlanguage is a brilliant, thought-provoking novel that not only pushes the boundaries of literature but of language itself.

The Narrator

release date: May 01, 2015
The Narrator
"Michael Cisco is of a different kind and league from almost anyone writing today, and "The Narrator" is Cisco at his startling best." -CHINA MIEVILLE, author of "Perdido Street Station" "An extraordinary story of war and the supernatural that combines the creepiness of "Alien" with the clear-eyed gaze of "Full Metal Jacket." Like "The Other Side" if it included soldiers who could glide over the water, a mysterious tower right out of early David Lynch, and infused with Kafka''s sense of the bizarre. Destined to be a classic." -JEFF VANDERMEER, author of the "Southern Reach" trilogy ""The Narrator" is not a subversive fantasy novel. It eliminates all other fantasy novels and starts the genre anew. You must begin your journey here." -NICK MAMATAS, author of "Move Under Ground" and "Love is the Law"

Looming Low

release date: Aug 18, 2017
Looming Low
LOOMING LOW presents 26 wondrous and unsettling tales that represent some of the best writing from the new golden age of strange literature. Featuring brand new stories from: Nadia Bulkin, Michael Cisco, Kristi DeMeester, Brian Evenson, Kurt Fawver, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Craig Laurance Gidney, Michael Griffin, Lisa L. Hannett, Livia Llewellyn, Anya Martin, Daniel Mills, S.P. Miskowski, Sunny Moraine, Scott Nicolay, Betty Rocksteady, Christopher Slatsky, Lucy A. Snyder, Simon Strantzas, Jeffrey Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters, Brooke Warra, Kaaron Warren, Michael Wehunt, and A.C. Wise.

The Madness of Dr. Caligari

release date: Jan 01, 2017

The Divinity Student and Others

release date: Jan 29, 2013
The Divinity Student and Others
Four novels and one short story collection from Michael Cisco all in a signed and limited boxed edition.

Member

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Member
Member is the account of how Thanks (the narrator) "accidentally recruited" himself into "the cosmic game of Chorncendantra." On a night stroll he comes into possession of a mysteriuous bag. Investigating, he discovers that it contains a dimensional hole to another world. By accident or design, as bearer of the bag, he is now a courier, carrying messages in a cosmos-wide game he does not understand. Its prose precise and energetic, Member creates a literary virtual reality of strangeness both fantastical and Kafkaesque. Rather than a fever-dream, Cisco offers us a breathing here-and-now set within cosmic vastness.

The Wretch of the Sun

release date: Jun 01, 2016
The Wretch of the Sun
"Reading "The Wretch of the Sun" is akin to a ghost looking at its reflection in a mirror in a haunted house and finding nothing there, or too much there. An out-of-control freight train going from this world to the other and back whiteout / without knowing where it will stop, if ever."--Harry O. Morris A haunted house is a house with its own story. A ghost is someone about whom stories are told, who is unable to tell his or her own story. Death can be understood as the inability to tell one''s own story; whether that death is literal is another question. Ghosts exist in imagination, which is real. A story, to be a told story, needs a listener or reader. Ghosts, as I have been saying, appear to need someone to whom to appear. So we discover the story of the suicides, and we solve the riddle alongside the narrating busy body of the story, and bury the bones together in one grave; the disturbances cease. But a house once haunted will always be haunted; it isn''t the disturbance but the story that haunts it. The haunted house draws attention to the secret it keeps like a master who teases his pupils with unanswerable riddles. Or like secret police, who can''t be entirely effective if they are entirely secret. These aren''t questions that contain their own answers, like math problems. I do not have the answer any more than you do, because the answer isn''t in the question, the answer is to leave behind the idea that a question is a door that an answer pulls finally shut. Once we''ve dutifully recited to the last syllable every thing we know, we are chastened or even taken aback by the paltry incommensurability of what we''ve just said with the haunted wealth that extends within and without us in all directions. At that moment, the suggestive ambivalence of a story will have to seem truer than the abbreviation of a hollow answer. "Michael Cisco''s works are indispensable to contemporary fantastic literature. They not only elevate this genre, they hover above it."--Thomas Ligotti "Michael Cisco is of a different kind and league from almost anyone writing today."--China Mieville

The Great Lover

release date: Jan 01, 2011
The Great Lover
An undead man, who values libido and life, lives in the sewers and pines for Vera, a blind woman, while he helps a disgraced academic and serves as the mascot of a subway cult.

Animal Money

release date: Nov 01, 2015
Animal Money
A living form of money results in the unraveling of the world. ""The bank is there to save and lend."" ""-Workers work and customers spend.""

Celebrant

release date: Jun 01, 2012
Celebrant
Antic world-traveller, deKlend, is in search of the holy city of Votu, where time runs backwards and gangs of scavenging Pigeon Girls and Rabbit Girls are locked in strange rivalries. Celebrant is a sweeping fantasy of pilgrimage and reincarnation, and a travellers'' guide to altered states of geography. The lives of the characters in this dream-adventure intersect like the architecture of an Escher woodcut.

The Scarlet Letter

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne''s transcendental novel concerning the triumph of the soul in the face of religious intolerance continues to be one of the most widely read works in the classroom today.

Secret Hours

release date: Sep 01, 2006
Secret Hours
SECRET HOURS is a collection of short stories by the International Horror Guild Award-winning author Michael Cisco. This edition collects various horror and dark fantasy short stories, as well as several Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos style stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. The book features a gorgeous cover and interior artwork by Harry O. Morris, and additional interior artwork by Jason C. Eckhardt and Thomas Brown. The introduction is by noted author and Lovecraftian scholar Robert M. Price.

The San Veneficio Canon

release date: Jan 31, 2005
The San Veneficio Canon
Struck by lightning, resurrected, cut open, and stuffed full of arcane documents, the Divinity Student is sent to the desert city of San Veneficio to reconstruct the Lost Catalog of Unknown Words. He learns to pick the brains of corpses and gradually sacrifices his sanity on the altar of a dubious mission of espionage. Without ever understanding his own reasons, he moves toward destruction with steely determination. Eventually he find himself reduced to a walker between worlds - a creature neither of flesh nor spirit, stuffed with paper and preserved with formaldehyde - a zombie of his own devising. The line twixt clairvoyance and madness is thinner than a razor blade. In 1999, The Divinity Student captured the attention of fans of dark fantasy everywhere, eventually winning the International Horror Guild Award for best first novel. Now, The Divinity Student has been paired with its sequel, The Golem, for a must-have book - The San Veneficio Canon. Michael Cisco has created a city and a character that will live in the reader''s imagination long after this book has been read...

The Tyrant

release date: Mar 01, 2004
The Tyrant
A new novel from Michael Cisco, the International Horror Writer''s Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999. "Michael Cisco''s works immerse the reader in worlds that are not simply dreamlike in the quality of their imagination but somehow manage to capture and convey the power of the dream itself. The Tyrant is his masterpiece." -- Thomas Ligotti

Supernatural Embarrassment

release date: Jan 01, 2004
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