The Shadow on the Doorstep
By James P. Blaylock
Cover by Phil Foglio
The Author's Personal Favorites of his own Short Fiction, plus an Introduction by Tim Powers and an Afterword by Lewis Shiner
Sit down. Grab a box of doughnuts. Make it a baker's dozen, one for each story.
James Blaylock has carefully constructed these stories to fill the reader with wonder, looking at the magic just below the surface, and offering you a variety of different styles of fantasy.
If you like your fantasy filled with darkness, try "The Old Curiosity Shop", in which Doyle Jimmerson must come to terms with the death of his wife and his own inadequacies that helped create the world in which he finds himself.
Or you might prefer the nostalgia-glazed fantasy. If so, bite into "Thirteen Phantasms", where the discovery of an old box of magazines leads Landers to yearn for a simpler time when it was easier to find a sense of wonder.
You say the frosting of the paranormal is what makes you sit up? Try sampling "The Other Side" and just wait for the hairs on your arms to stand on end.
If you're wondering why this sounds like it was written in a bakery, turn to "Doughnuts", and find what Blaylock refers to as "the true quill".
When you're finished reading the stories in this collection, you'll find yourself as full of goodness as your doughnut box is empty.
Table of Contents
- Introduction by Tim Powers
- Foreword by James Blaylock
- The Shadow on the Doorstep
- Paper Dragons
- Thirteen Phantasms
- The Other Side
- In For a Penny
- His Own Backyard
- Small Houses
- The Pink of Fading Neon
- The Dry Spell
- Hula Ville
- Unidentified Objects
- The Old Curiosity Shop
- Afterword by Lewis Shiner
James P. Blaylock
James P. Blaylock lives in Southern California, where, among other things, he writes, teaches creative writing, and occasionally builds sets for local community and children's theaters. He is the author of some sixteen novels and scores of short stories and essays, and was twice winner of the World Fantasy Award, most recently for his short story "Thirteen Phantasms". His story "Unidentified Objects" was included in Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards.
Phil Foglio has produced several notable comic series over his lengthy career, from "What's New with Phil and Dixie," which appeared in Dragon magazine, to Buck Godot, to XXXenophile, to the current Girl Genius. He won back-to-back Hugo Awards for best Fan Artist in 1977 and 1978 and won the first three Hugo Awards for Best Graphic Story in 2009, 2010, and 2011.