. . . and it's only going to get taller. Case in point: some well-received books by a friend from my misspent youth, Michael Cisco, whose awesomely named website details his work, which exists at some dark and disturbing intersection of fantasy, horror, and gothic. His novel the Divinity Student got good reviews and won the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999. Fantasy Book Spot recently ran a good interview of him.
Michael's been a talented and imaginative writer for as long as I've known him, and I'm embarrassed I haven't gotten around to reading one of books before now — I've only read parts. Since he once joined us for dinner back when we had just one child, and stumbled away from that stunned and justifiably terrified of our spawn, maybe he'll cut me some slack. At the very least, he'll protect my Secret Identity.
I'm certain that he'd scoff at the notion of being accessible, and he's not, nor is it his aim to be. His writing, like that of one of my favorite writers James Ellroy (a comparison he may not care for) conveys meaning on multiple levels, some through the surface meaning of words and some through the unusual or even jarring arrangement thereof. If you like dabbling in unusual narrative styles, check him out.
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