IN EXTREMIS

by JOHN SHIRLEY

Published: July 4th, 2011
trade paperback -
ISBN 978-0-98266-394-3
ebook -
320 pages

[includes free download of ebook version]

Get ready for a wild ride. Over his long career, John Shirley has earned his reputation as a writer that doesn't pull his punches, and doesn't treat his readers gently. In Extremis features more than twenty of Shirley's most intense stories originally published in a variety of anthologies and periodicals. In addition, this volume contains two never-before-published pieces that are sure to roil the genre's most hardened readers.

PRAISE

"Snapping, snarling, vigorously wrought drama—Shirley writes splendid stuff."
Kirkus Reviews

"John Shirley serves up the bloody heart of a sick and rotting society with the aplomb of an Aztec surgeon on dexadrine."
ALA Booklist

"John Shirley's writing is like Borges as directed by Scorsese."
Covert Culture Handbook

" . . . astonishingly consistent and rigorously horrifying work . . . all his stories . . . give off the chill of top-grade horror. It's a moral chill, because Shirley's great subject is the terrible ease with which we modern Americans have learned to look away from pain and suffering . . . And while the matter of his stories is often shocking, his manner is calm, restrained. The prose is attitude-free and precise, its characteristic sound a minor chord of sorrow and banked anger. He writes about sensation unsensationally, with a particular tenderness toward those who manage, against the odds and by whatever means, to feel something . . ."
New York Times Review of Books



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen chilling and innovative works including the popular novel Demons as well as tie-in novels for the Constantine and Predator series. In addition to his novels, Shirley co-wrote the screenplay for the 1994 blockbuster The Crow. Shirley has fronted multiple punk-rock bands, and was deemed the “postmodern Edgar Allen Poe” by literary critic Larry McCaffrey. He lives in San Francisco.