The Tyrant

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Wildside Press LLC, Mar 1, 2004 - Fiction - 252 pages
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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

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User Review  - Sarah Wilson - Goodreads

I'm not going to give it less than 4 stars because I really didn't give it much of a chance. I was <10% of the way through it, but it was late, I was tired (twelve-hour road trip), and it was written ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andy - Goodreads

He couldn't finish superfluous beautiful words diluting dense meaning in every endless sentence. Read full review

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Michael Cisco is the author of The Divinity Student (Buzzcity Press; International Horror Writers Guild Award for best first novel of 1999), The San Veneficio Canon (Prime Books, 2004), The Tyrant (Prime Books, 2004), a contributor to The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (eds. Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts) and Album Zutique (ed. Jeff VanderMeer), and his work has appeared in Leviathan III and Leviathan IV (ed. Forrest Aguirre). His novel, The Traitor, is published by Prime (2007). Secret Hours, a collection of his Lovecraftian short stories, is published by Mythos Books (2007). In 2009-2010, his stories have appeared in the Phantom ("Mr. Wosslynne"), Black Wings ("Violence, Child of Trust"), Lovecraft Unbound ("Machines of Concrete Light and Dark), Cinnabar's Gnosis: A Tribute to Gustav Meyrink ("Modern Cities Exist Only to be Destroyed"), and Last Drink Bird Head anthologies. Forthcoming works include a story in The Master in the Cafe Morphine: A Tribute to Mikhail Bulgakov ("The Cadaver Is You"), an appearance in The Weird, an omnibus edition of published work from Centipede Press, and a new novel, The Wretch of the Sun, from Ex Occidente Press. His columns and the occasional review can be found at He lives and teaches in New York City.

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