JEFFREY FORD SERIES:

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

A mysterious and richly evocative novel, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque tells the story of portraitist Piero Piambo, who is offered a commission unlike any other. The client is Mrs. Charbuque, a wealthy and elusive woman who asks Piambo to paint her portrait, though with one bizarre twist: he may question her at length on any topic, but he may not, under any circumstances, see her. So begins an astonishing journey into Mrs. Charbuque's world and the world of 1893 New York society in this hypnotically compelling literary thriller.
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Crackpot Palace

Crackpot Palace

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

From the unparalleled imagination of award-winning author Jeffrey Ford come twenty short stories (one, "The Wish Head," written expressly for this collection) that boldly redefine the world. Crackpot Palace is a sumptuous feast of the unexpected—an unforgettable journey that will carry readers to amazing places, though at times the locales may seem strangely familiar, almost like home. Whether he's tracking ghostly events on the border of New Jersey's mysterious Pine Barrens or following a well-equipped automaton general into battle, giving a welcome infusion of new blood to the hoary vampire trope or exposing the truth about what really went down on Dr. Moreau's Island of Lost Souls, Jeffrey Ford has opened a door into a dark and fantastic realm where dream and memory become one.
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Out of Body

Out of Body

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

Out of Body is a dark fantasy thriller from multi-award-winning author Jeffrey Ford.A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli, and what had been routine sleep paralysis begins to transform into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams.Praise for Jeffrey Ford's The Twilight Pariah"His trademark mix of intelligence, creeps, melancholy, integrity, and wit is as addictive as it is compelling. I want to be Jeffrey Ford when I grow up." —Paul Tremblay"Creepy, funny, and poignant—a delight for connoisseurs of fantastic fiction." —Liz...
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The Twilight Pariah

The Twilight Pariah

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

"Poignant and punchy." —The New York TimesThree friends go looking for treasure and find horror in Jeffrey Ford's The Twilight Pariah.All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion's outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned childDisturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Drowned Life

The Drowned Life

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

There is a town that brews a strange intoxicant from a rare fruit called the deathberry — and once a year a handful of citizens are selected to drink it... . There is a life lived beneath the water — among rotted buildings and bloated corpses — by those so overburdened by the world's demands that they simply give up and go under... . In this mesmerizing blend of the familiar and the fantastic, multiple award-winning New York Times notable author Jeffrey Ford creates true wonders and infuses the mundane with magic. In tales marked by his distinctive, dark imagery and fluid, exhilarating prose, he conjures up an annual gale that transforms the real into the impossible, invents a strange scribble that secretly unites a significant portion of society, and spins the myriad dreams of a restless astronaut and his alien lover. Bizarre, beautiful, unsettling, and sublime, The Drowned Life showcases the exceptional talents of one of contemporary fiction's most original...
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Ahab's Return

Ahab's Return

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

"Jeffrey Ford is one of the few writers who uses wonder instead of ink in his pen." – Jonathan CarrollA bold and intriguing fabulist novel that reimagines two of the most legendary characters in American literature—Captain Ahab and Ishmael of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick—from the critically acclaimed Edgar and World Fantasy award-winning author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shadow Year.At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland to confront the true author of the novel Moby-Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. For Ahab was not pulled into the ocean's depths by a harpoon line, and the greatly exaggerated rumors of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm—after hearing about Ahab's demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York, and now Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them.Ahab's pursuit leads him to The Gorgon's Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed...
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The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond

The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond

Jeffrey Ford

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Short Stories

An epic masterwork about the trials of a man of "science" in a Kafkaesque realm of persecution and paranoia from a World Fantasy Award–winning author. The Well-Built City is a hellish place of unrelenting nightmare, ruled with cruelty, oppression, and terror by the inscrutable madman Drachton Below. In his multiple-award-winning, New York Times Notable trilogy, Jeffrey Ford creates a dystopia that chronicles the hubris, downfall, and damnation of a highly placed functionary responsible for determining who will live or die according to their facial structure. The Physiognomy: With his unimpeachable authority to condemn and destroy, the pompous, drug-addicted Cley is one of the most feared civil servants in Drachton Below's Well-Built City. But when the Master himself dispatches him to a remote mining town to recover a stolen object of unimaginable power, events will cause the physiognomist to doubt his science and the reality of his...
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