Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
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As William Faulkner once observed, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." And the past of the American South lives on in a long literary tradition where fantasy and reality blur. It is evident in the writing of giants such as Faulkner himself, Flannery O'Connor, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Manly Wade Wellman, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, and many others. Steeped in this tradition and proud to be its inheritors, storytellers and editors F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan have gathered together stories of the unseen and magical American South by some of the most brilliantly talented Southern writers of our time.

From darkly imagined, powerful tales by Bret Lott, Lynn Pitts, Kalanu ya Salaam, Brad Watson, and Don Webb to a deeply affecting and sensual story by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, to atmospheric works by Richard Butner, James L. Cambias, and Jack McDevitt, to wildly funny stories by Scott Edelman and Michael Swanwick, these original fictions will delight readers who appreciate the unique wealth and breadth of the Southern literary tradition and its natural affinity for the fantastic. With the addition of wonderful reprinted stories by Michael Bishop, Fred Chappell, Andy Duncan, John Kessel, Kelly Link, Sena Jeter Naslund, Daniel Wallace, and Gene Wolfe, this collection is a crossroads of styles and themes where Southern and Fantastic literary traditions meet.

Together these stories paint a wide canvas of the real and mythic South in all its fabulous, terrible, joyous, chaotic uniqueness. They are set in all the Southern landscapes of the mind, from the shores of South Carolina to the city of New Orleans, from small-town Mississippi to the streets of modern Atlanta, from the ghosts of ante-bellum splendor to the shadows of what might be. The contributors range from realistic to Gothic, from magic realists to satirists. What they share in common is the South and the endless stories it inspires.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

2.96 average rounds up (just a tiny bit) to 3 stars. Definitely a higher quality of writing, overall, than found in many genre anthologies. *** A Place of Mojo - Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. Impressive ... Read full review

Crossroads: tales of the southern literary fantastic

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The lines between genre fiction and literary fiction are constantly blurring, as evidenced by this collection of 18 sf and fantasy stories. How readers feel about these stories will likely depend on ... Read full review

Contents

A Plate of Mojo Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
The Map to the Homes of the Stars Andy Duncan
Under Construction James Salis
See My King All Dressed in Red James L Cambias
My Life Is Good Scott Edeman
Boar Lake Mark L Van Name
The Moon and the Stars Marian Carcache
Christus Destitutus Bud Webster
The Yukio Mishima Cultural Association of Kudzu Valley
The Last Geek Michael Swanwick
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F. Brett Cox is the author of many powerful works of literary fiction. A Southerner by birth, he currently lives in Vermont.

Andy Duncan has won the World Fantasy Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. His first story collection is Beluthahatchie and Other Stories. He lives near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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