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Author Spencer, William Browning, 1946- author.

Title The unorthodox Dr. Draper and other stories / William Browning Spencer.

Publication Info. Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Fiction, Science Fiction    SF SPENCER,W    Available
Edition Signed limited edition.
Description 283 pages : 1 black and white illustration ; 23 cm
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Contents Table of Contents : Introduction -- How the gods bargain -- Penguins of the apocalypse -- Come lurk with me and be my love -- The Tenth muse -- Stone and the Librarian -- The indelible dark -- The dappled thing -- Usurped -- The unorthodox Dr. Draper -- The love song of A. Alhazred Azathoth.
Summary Annother decade has elapsed, and William Browning Spencer has produced another superlative collection of short stories that commingle horror and humor. A number of these tales are cautionary ones. After reading "The Tenth Muse," you might not wish to interview a reclusive writer who wrote one wildly popular novel and has been silent for decades, even if your father was his closest friend. You might not wish to become a writer at all. "The Indelible Dark" portrays one lost in a dystopian novel he is writing, coming to the slow and unsettling discovery that he carries his own darkness into the mundane world. These monsters aren't metaphors. Alcoholism might be the monster in "Penguins of the Apocalypse," but the disease has its own familiar, a creature born in folklore, nothing as warm as that oversized rabbit that Jimmy Stewart talked to in "Harvey." And it's got your son. "Stone and the Librarian" isn't a monster story. It is the story of an unhappy young man who is trying to find its place in a Robert E. Howard world of swords and sorcery but is constantly dragged back to the effete world of his pale and sickly classmates. They read a book called The Catcher in the Rye, in which a kid named Holden keeps going on about how phony everything is. Stone's book report begins, "If I met Holden Caulfield in an alley, I would kill him with a rock." In "The Unorthodox Dr. Draper," a psychologist has abandoned the strict rigor of his professional life for something more improvisational with a client who tells him, "I know when they follow me. I am like a mouse that knows the shadow of the owl because the mouse must be quick or she is dead." If this is your first encounter with Mr. Spencer's stories, it is a good introduction. If you have read other books by him, The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories is essential. -- inside cover flaps.
Subject Horror tales, American.
Authors and readers -- Fiction.
Monsters -- Fiction.
Muses (Greek deities) -- Fiction.
Alcoholism -- Fiction.
Familiars (Spirits) -- Fiction.
Librarians -- Fiction.
Psychologists -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Horror fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Short stories.
Added Author Spencer, William Browning, 1946- How the gods bargain.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- Penguins of the Apocalypse.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- Come lurk with me and be my love.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- The tenth muse.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- Sone and the librarian.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- The indelible dark.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- The dappled thing.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- Usurped.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- The unorthodox Dr. Draper.
Spencer, William Browning, 1946- The love song of A. Alhazred Azathoth.
Subterranean Press, publisher.
Added Title Unorthodox Doctor Draper and other stories
ISBN 1596068310 (hardback) : $40.00
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