Gahan Wilson is an American author and illustrator known for his cartoons depicting horror-fantasy situations. Wilson was born in Illinois, he was married to author Nancy Winters from 1966 until her death in 2019. Wilson's cartoons and illustrations are drawn in a playfully grotesque style and have a dark humor, compared to the work of The New Yorker cartoonist and Addams Family creator Charles Addams, but while both feature vampires and other traditional horror elements in their work, Addams' cartoons are gothic and old-fashioned, while Wilson's work is more contemporary and confrontational, featuring atomic mutants, subway monsters and serial killers. Addams' work appears to be funny without significant satirical intent, while Wilson has a specific point to make. Wilson was inspired by the irreverent work of the various satiric Mad and Punch cartoonists, as well as the science fiction monster films of the 1950s, his cartoons and prose fiction appeared in Playboy, Collier's and The New Yorker for 50 years.
In addition to his cartoons for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, he wrote movie and book reviews for that publication. From 1992 through end of publication, he prepared all the front covers for the annual book Passport to World Band Radio, he has been a movie review columnist for The Twilight Zone Magazine and a book critic for Realms of Fantasy magazine. His comic strip Nuts, which appeared in National Lampoon, was a reaction against what he saw as the saccharine view of childhood in strips like Peanuts, his hero, The Kid, sees the world as dark and unfair—but occasionally a fun place. Wilson illustrated a short story for Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions; the "title" is a black blob, the story is about an ominous black blob that appears on the page, growing at an alarming rate. He has contributed short stories to other publications as well. Wilson created Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House, with Byron Preiss; the goal is to collect 13 keys in 13 hours from the 13 rooms of a house by interacting in various ways with characters and the house itself.
Wilson wrote the 1992 animated short Diner. In 2009, Fantagraphics Books released Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, a slipcased, three-volume collection of Wilson's cartoons and short stories for that magazine. A collection of his work, Fifty Years of Gahan Wilson, was published in 2010. Fantagraphics announced a "complete" edition of Nuts in the spring of 2011. In 2019, his stepson announced. In 2005, Wilson was recognized with Lifetime Achievement from the World Fantasy Awards, he received the World Fantasy Convention Award in 1981. He received the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Wilson is the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird, directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe, he was an influence on alternative cartoonists, including Gary Larson, John Callahan and Bill Plympton. Gahan Wilson's Graveside Manner The Man in the Cannibal Pot I Paint What I See Playboy's Gahan Wilson Gahan Wilson's Cracked Cosmos The Weird World of Gahan Wilson And Then We'll Get Him!
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Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, graphic novels and video games. Fantasy is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes though these genres overlap. In popular culture, the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form. In its broadest sense, fantasy consists of works by many writers, artists and musicians from ancient myths and legends to many recent and popular works. Most fantasy uses other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Magic and magical creatures are common in many of these worlds. An identifying trait of fantasy is the author's reliance on imagination to create narrative elements that do not have to rely on history or nature to be coherent; this differs from realistic fiction in that realistic fiction has to attend to the history and natural laws of reality, where fantasy does not.
An author applies his or her imagination to come up with characters and settings that are impossible in reality. Many fantasy authors use real-world mythology as inspiration. For instance, a narrative that takes place in an imagined town in the northeastern United States could be considered realistic fiction as long as the plot and characters are consistent with the history of a region and the natural characteristics that someone, to the northeastern United States expects. Fantasy has been compared to science fiction and horror because they are the major categories of speculative fiction. Fantasy is distinguished from science fiction by the plausibility of the narrative elements. A science fiction narrative is unlikely, though possible through logical scientific or technological extrapolation, where fantasy narratives do not need to be scientifically possible. Authors have to rely on the readers' suspension of disbelief, an acceptance of the unbelievable or impossible for the sake of enjoyment, in order to write effective fantasies.
Despite both genres' heavy reliance on the supernatural and horror are distinguishable. Horror evokes fear through the protagonists' weaknesses or inability to deal with the antagonists. Elements of the supernatural and the fantastic were a part of literature from its beginning. Fantasy elements occur throughout the ancient Akkadian Epic of Gilgamesh; the ancient Babylonian creation epic, the Enûma Eliš, in which the god Marduk slays the goddess Tiamat, contains the theme of a cosmic battle between good and evil, characteristic of the modern fantasy genre. Genres of romantic and fantasy literature existed in ancient Egypt; the Tales of the Court of King Khufu, preserved in the Westcar Papyrus and was written in the middle of the second half of the eighteenth century BC, preserves a mixture of stories with elements of historical fiction and satire. Egyptian funerary texts preserve mythological tales, the most significant of which are the myths of Osiris and his son Horus. Folk tales with fantastic elements intended for adults were a major genre of ancient Greek literature.
The comedies of Aristophanes are filled with fantastic elements his play The Birds, in which an Athenian man builds a city in the clouds with the birds and challenges Zeus's authority. Ovid's Metamorphoses and Apuleius's The Golden Ass are both works that influenced the development of the fantasy genre by taking mythic elements and weaving them into personal accounts. Both works involve complex narratives in which humans beings are transformed into animals or inanimate objects. Platonic teachings and early Christian theology are major influences on the modern fantasy genre. Plato used allegories to convey many of his teachings, early Christian writers interpreted both the Old and New Testaments as employing parables to relay spiritual truths; this ability to find meaning in a story, not true became the foundation that allowed the modern fantasy genre to develop. The most well known fiction from the Islamic world was The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, a compilation of many ancient and medieval folk tales.
Various characters from this epic have become cultural icons in Western culture, such as Aladdin and Ali Baba. Hindu mythology was an evolution of the earlier Vedic mythology and had many more fantastical stories and characters in the Indian epics; the Panchatantra, for example, used various animal fables and magical tales to illustrate the central Indian principles of political science. Chinese traditions have been influential in the vein of fantasy known as Chinoiserie, including such writers as Ernest Bramah and Barry Hughart. Beowulf is among the best known of the Nordic tales in the English speaking world, has had deep influence on the fantasy genre. Norse mythology, as found in the Elder Edda and the Younger Edda, includes such figures as Odin and his fellow Aesir, dwarves, elves and giants; these elements have been directly imported into various fantasy works. The separate folklore of Ireland and Scotland has sometimes been us
The Digging Leviathan
The Digging Leviathan is a science fiction novel by American writer James P. Blaylock, it was first published in 1984 by Ace Books. The source was Blaylock's first novel The Chinese Circus, never finished; the story is set in 1964 around Los Angeles, California. Jim Hastings is a young boy who lives with Edward St. Ives. Jim is puzzled by a series of strange events that seem to happen around his friend Giles "Gill" Peach who, like his father and forefathers before him, has gills; the boys are fascinated by pulp science fiction, Gill begins building a device inspired by the "subterranean prospector" described in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel At the Earth's Core. Jim's father William, who periodically escapes the psychiatric facility run by Hilario Frosticos, is convinced that Gill is being manipulated by unscrupulous adventurers allied with Frosticos: a hollow earth conspiracy; this is discounted as paranoia by St. Ives, Russell Latzarel, Roycroft Squires, William Ashbless, all members of the Newtonian Society, an alternative science-oriented social club.
However, as events unfold it appears that William's worst fears have a bizarre truth behind them, the ideas described in Gill's diaries are more than weird tales. Clues found by William lead St. Ives and Latzarel to sewers connected to an underground river, bizarre technology, a longevity serum based on carp. Together with Jim, the four men try to outmaneuver Frosticos in the race to reach a not-quite unimaginable goal. Blaylock said about the novel: By the time I was out of college a year I had a hundred thousand words of it, it was evident that it could never be finished, because the plot funneled outward for the entire length of the book. A few years a guy in Long Beach tied a bunch of helium balloons to an armchair and flew into the stratosphere and the event was so inspirational that it seemed to me to suggest a focus for my long-abandoned book. I launched it again forgot about the guy with the balloons, it turned into The Digging Leviathan. "The Internet Speculative Fiction Database". Retrieved 2007-09-06.
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The Anubis Gates
The Anubis Gates is a 1983 time travel fantasy novel by American writer Tim Powers. It won 1984 Science Fiction Chronicle Award. In 1801 the British have suppress the worship of the old Egyptian gods. A cabal of magicians plan to drive the British out of Egypt by bringing the gods forward in time from an age when they were still powerful and unleashing them on London, thereby destroying the British Empire. In 1802, a failed attempt by the magicians to summon Anubis opens magical gates in a predictable pattern across time and space. In 1983, ailing millionaire J. Cochran Darrow has discovered the gates and found that they make time travel possible. Darrow organizes a trip to the past for fellow millionaires to attend a lecture by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he hires Professor Brendan Doyle to give expert commentary. One of the magicians, Doctor Romany, happens to spy the time travelers and kidnaps Doyle before he can return. Doyle manages to escape flees back to London, now trapped in the 19th century.
Doyle meets a beggar named Jacky. He plans to meet and befriend William Ashbless, a wealthy poet that Doyle has studied profusely, in order to gain a benefactor. Doctor Romany scours the city for Doyle with his legion of murderous beggars, led by the clown-magician Horrabin. At the same time, Doyle discovers that Darrow has remained in the 19th century to search for Dog-Face Joe, a body-swapping werewolf, in hopes of bribing Joe into granting him a healthy new body. Doyle himself becomes targeted by Joe, receiving the poisoned body of Darrow's former bodyguard, but manages to cure himself of the poison. In his new body, Doyle realizes, he copies down Ashbless's poetry from memory and deduces his own future from his study of Ashbless's life. Using this knowledge, he continues to thwart the magicians' plans. After Romany discovers a gate to 1684, Doyle follows him through and stops his attempt to change the past. Meanwhile, Darrow contacts Dog-Face Joe and organizes a deal in which Joe will provide Darrow with healthy bodies and allow him to live forever.
Doyle returns to 1810, but is kidnapped and taken to Muhammad Ali's Egypt, where the magicians' Master tempts him with resurrecting his dead wife if he will tell them the secrets of the time-gates. Doyle kills the Master. Meanwhile, Jacky kills him along with Dog-Face Joe. Doyle returns to London, where the last magician, kidnaps him and Coleridge. In a drugged stupor, Coleridge frees Horrabin's twisted menagerie of monsters, allowing him and Jacky to escape. Romanelli escapes with Doyle to the underworld, but is eaten by Apep while Doyle is rejuvenated on board the sunboat of the god Ra. Doyle meets back up with Jacky and discovers that not only is Jacky secretly a woman, she is his future wife. Decades after living out Ashbless's entire life and becoming a widower, Doyle goes out to meet his historic date with death. Doyle discovers that his intended murderer is a duplicate of himself that the Master had made in Egypt decades before. Doyle kills the duplicate, thereby supplying the corpse for his death, boats away into an unknown future.
Brendan Doyle: An English professor at Cal State Fullerton, Doyle is still haunted by the motorcycle accident that killed his wife Rebecca. He is a short and non-athletic man, having difficulty getting published, he is fascinated by the enigmatic poet William Ashbless. J. Cochran Darrow: A famous tycoon, suffering from terminal cancer, his enterprises have discovered the time gates. The Master: The oldest and most powerful magician in the world, now somewhat feeble-minded, the Master plots to rejuvenate magic and restore Egypt by crushing Britain, his unnatural powers make contact with the earth painful for his magician followers. Amenophis Fikee: a powerful magician, Fikee is the Master's agent in Britain, he wears clogs to avoid contact with the ground. After a magical ritual misfires, his mind snaps and he becomes Dog-Face Joe. Bodies that he inhabits grow fur, but he uses a body-swapping spell to flee the curse, poisoning his old bodies to prevent discovery. Doctor Romanelli: a powerful magician, Romanelli is the Master's agent in Turkey and leads a clan of gypsies to do his bidding.
Doctor Romany: a "ka", or magical duplicate, of Romanelli created to help Fikee in London, Romany takes up Fikee's duties in his absence. He wears spring shoes to avoid contact with the earth. Jacky: a moustachioed young beggar, Jacky is a woman from a noble family who has taken a new identity to search for Dog-Face Joe, who switched bodies with her fiancé and caused her to kill him. Horrabin: an evil clown who leads a pack of murderous beggars, Horrabin magically maims some of his minions to be more profitable, his "mistakes" become monsters. He wears stilts to avoid contact with the ground; the "mistakes" manage to kill Horrabin by using thrown mud to weaken him. They knock him to the ground and kill him; as in Powers's novel, The Stress of Her Regard, The Anubis Gates features a number of the Romantic Poets as characters. In addition to Coleridge, there is Byron. Other real people characterized in the novel are the famous publisher John Murray and Dr. Romanelli, the physician who treated Byron for a fever while he traveled in Greece.
The novel intertwines a number of real events into the story such as the massacre of the Mamluk beys by Muhammad Ali in 1811 and the failed rebellion by James, Duke of Monmouth against James II in the
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton is a public university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,400, it has the largest student body out of the 23-campus California State University system, its 5,800 graduate student body is the largest in the CSU and one of the largest in all of California; as of Fall 2016, the school had 2,083 faculty. The university offers 109 degrees: 57 bachelor's degrees and 52 graduate degrees, including three doctorates. CSUF is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and eligible to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution; the university is nationally accredited in art, athletic training, chemistry, communicative disorders, computer science, engineering, nursing, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education and theater. Spending related to CSUF generates an impact of around $2.26 billion to the California and local economy, sustains nearly 16,000 jobs statewide. CSUF athletic teams are collectively known as the CSUF Titans.
They compete in the Big West Conference. In 1957, Orange County State College became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the state legislature as a degree-granting institution; the following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959; this is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president of the school. Classes began with 452 students in September 1959; the name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, its name was changed to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton; the choice of the elephant as the university's mascot, dubbed Tuffy the Titan, dates to 1962, when the campus hosted "The First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History." The May 11 event attracted 10,000 spectators, 15 pachyderm entrants, worldwide news coverage. The campus has seen two significant instances of violence with people killed.
On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a campus janitor with paranoid schizophrenia, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library on the Cal State Fullerton campus. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall; the university grew in the first decade of the 2000s. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, in the summer of 2008 the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall and the new Student Recreation Center opened. In fall 2008, the Performing Arts Center was renamed the Joseph A. W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center, in honor of a $5 million pledge made to the university by the trustees of the Joseph A. W. Clayes III Charitable Trust. Since 1963, the curriculum has expanded to include many graduate programs, including multiple doctorate degrees, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs; the campus is on the site of former citrus groves in northeast Fullerton.
It is bordered on the east by the Orange Freeway, on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by Yorba Linda Boulevard, on the south by Nutwood Avenue. Although established in the late 1950s, much of the initial construction on campus took place in the late 1960s, under the supervision of artist and architect Howard van Heuklyn, who gave the campus a striking, futuristic architecture; this was in response to the numerous Googie buildings in the Fullerton community. The Pollak Library houses the Philip K. Dick science fiction collection. Since 1993, the campus has added the College Park Building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, University Hall, the Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, the State College Parking Structure, Dan Black Hall, Joseph A. W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center West, Phase III Housing, the Grand Central Art Center, Pollak Library. In order to generate power for the university and become more sustainable, the campus installed solar panels on top of a number of buildings.
The panels, which generate up to 7–8 percent of the electrical power used daily, are atop the Eastside Parking Structure, Clayes Performing Arts Center and the Kinesiology and Health Science Building. In August 2011, the university added a $143 million housing complex, which included five new residence halls, a convenience store and a 565-seat dining hall called the Gastronome; the university operates a satellite campus in Irvine, California 20 miles south of the original Fullerton location, the Grand Central Art Center in downtown Santa Ana, a Garden Grove Center. CSUF announced plans in May 2010 to buy the lot that Hope International University lies at, but this deal was cut off. CSUF announced plans in September 2010 to expand into the area south of Nutwood Avenue, to construct a project called CollegeTown, which would integrate the surrounding residential areas and retail spaces into the campus. After community opposition, the Fullerton planning commission indefinitely postponed any action on the project in February 2016.
The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University located in Zzyzx, California in the Mojave Desert. The purpose of the Center is to provide opportunities to conduct research, receive instruction and experience the Mojave Desert environment. Is operated by the Ca
Ernest Lalor "Ern" Malley was a fictitious poet and the central figure in Australia's most famous literary hoax. He and his entire body of work were created in one day in 1943 by conservative writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to hoax Max Harris and his modernist magazine Angry Penguins, which Harris co-edited with John Reed of Heide, Melbourne. Imitating the modernist poetry they despised, the hoaxers deliberately created what they thought was bad verse and submitted sixteen poems to Angry Penguins under the guise of Ethel, Ern Malley's surviving sister. Harris and other members of the Heide Circle fell for the hoax, enraptured by the poetry, devoted the next issue of Angry Penguins to Malley; the hoax was revealed soon after, resulting in a cause célèbre and the humiliation of Harris, put on trial and fined for publishing the poems on the grounds that they contained obscene content. Angry Penguins folded in 1946. In the decades that followed, the hoax proved to be a significant setback for modernist poetry in Australia.
Since the 1970s, the Ern Malley poems, though known to be a hoax, became celebrated as a successful example of surrealist poetry in their own right, lauded by poets and critics such as John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch and Robert Hughes. The poems of Ern Malley are now more read than those of his creators, the affair has inspired works by major Australian writers and artists, such as Peter Carey and Sidney Nolan. American poet and anthologist David Lehman called Ern Malley "the greatest literary hoax of the twentieth century". James McAuley and Harold Stewart were both, in 1944, in the Army Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs. Before the war they had been part of Sydney's Bohemian arts world. McAuley had sung in left-wing revues at Sydney University. Both preferred early Modernism to its forms. McAuley, for example, claimed that T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was genius, but the subsequent The Waste Land, regarded by many as Eliot's finest achievement, was an incoherent mess.
Both men lamented "the loss of craftsmanship" in poetry. They despised the well-funded modernist poetry magazine Angry Penguins and were resentful of the precocious success of Max Harris, the magazine's founder and editor. Harris was a 22-year-old avant-garde poet and critic in Adelaide, who in 1940, at the age of 18, had started Angry Penguins. McAuley and Stewart decided to perpetrate a hoax on Harris and Angry Penguins by submitting to the magazine nonsensical poetry, which they felt captured the worst of modernist tendencies, under the guise of a fictional poet, they came up with a fictional biography for the poet "Ernest Lalor Malley", they claimed, had died the year before at the age of 25. The name is a "highly Australian-sounding handle": "Malley" is a pun on the word mallee, denoting a class of Australian vegetation and a bird, the native malleefowl, "Lalor" recalls Peter Lalor, leader of the 1854 Eureka Rebellion. In one afternoon, they wrote his entire body of work: 17 poems, none longer than a page, all intended to be read in sequence under the title The Darkening Ecliptic.
Their writing style, as they described it, was to write down the first thing that came into their heads, lifting words and phrases from the Concise Oxford Dictionary, a Collected Shakespeare, a Dictionary of Quotations: "We opened books at random, choosing a word or phrase haphazardly. We wove them in nonsensical sentences. We made false allusions. We deliberately perpetrated bad verse, selected awkward rhymes from a Ripman's Rhyming Dictionary." They included many bits of their own poetry, though in a deliberately disjointed manner. The first poem in the sequence, Durer: Innsbruck, 1495, was an unpublished serious effort by McAuley, edited to appeal to Harris: David Brooks theorises in his 2011 book, The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry, that the Ern Malley hoax was modelled on the 1885 satire on French Symbolism and the Decadent movement, Les Déliquescences d'Adoré Floupette by Henri Beauclair and Gabriel Vicaire. Stewart claimed to have never heard of Floupette at the time of the Ern Malley hoax, while there is no evidence McAuley had, his Masters thesis titled "Symbolism: an essay in poetics", included a study of French Symboliste poetry and poetics.
According to his inventors' fictitious biography, Ernest Lalor Malley was born in Liverpool, England, on 14 March 1918. His father died in 1920, Malley's mother migrated to Petersham, a suburb of Sydney, with her two children: Ern, his older sister Ethel. After his mother's death in August 1933, Ern Malley left school to work as an auto mechanic. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, he moved to Melbourne where he lived alone and worked as an insurance salesman, as a watch repairman. Diagnosed with Graves' disease sometime in the early 1940s, Malley refused treatment, he returned to Sydney, moving in with his sister in March, 1943, where he became ill until his death at the age of 25 on 23 July of that same year. Malley's life as a poet became known only after his sister Ethel found a pile of unpublished poems among his belongings; these poems featured a brief preface, which explained that they had been composed over a period of five years, but it left no instructions as to what was to be done with them.
Ethel Malley knew nothing about poetry, but showed the poems to a friend, who suggested that she send the poems to someone who could examine them. Max Harris of Angry Penguins was to be that someone. McAuley and Stewart sent Harris a letter, purported to
Timothy Thomas "Tim" Powers is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare, his 1987 novel On Stranger Tides served as inspiration for the Monkey Island franchise of video games and was optioned for adaptation into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Most of Powers' novels are "secret histories", he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors influence the motivations and actions of the characters. Powers adheres to established historical facts, he reads extensively on a given subject, the plot develops as he notes inconsistencies and curious data. Powers was born in Buffalo, New York but has lived in California since 1959, he studied English Literature at Cal State Fullerton, earned his B. A. in 1976. It was there that he first met James Blaylock and K. W. Jeter, both of whom remained close friends and occasional collaborators.
Powers and Blaylock invented the poet William Ashbless. Another friend Powers first met during this period was noted science fiction writer Philip K. Dick; when Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was retitled Blade Runner to tie-in with the movie based on the novel, Dick dedicated it to Tim and Serena Powers. Powers' first major novel was The Drawing of the Dark, but the novel that earned him wide praise was The Anubis Gates, which won the Philip K. Dick Award, has since been published in many other languages. Powers teaches part-time in his role as Writer in Residence for the Orange County High School of the Arts and California School of the Arts in San Gabriel Valley in the Creative Writing Conservatory, Chapman University, where Blaylock teaches. Powers and his wife, Serena Batsford Powers live in Muscoy, California, he has served as a mentor author as part of the Clarion science fiction/fantasy writer's workshop. He taught part-time at the University of Redlands; the Skies Discrowned Powers, Timothy.
The Skies Discrowned. Toronto: Laser Books. ISBN 0373720289. Revised as: Powers, Tim. Forsake the Sky. New York: Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 0812549732. An Epitaph in Rust Also published as Epitaph in Rust; the publisher's cover blurb describes a tale that "follows young Thomas from his escape from a rural monastery into the wilds of a future Los Angeles. There he joins a theater company where the play is not the thing – revolution is – and he finds himself in the middle of it; the mayor has been blown up and his android guards are determined to end insurrection. But the theater company has other ideas..."The Drawing of the Dark The siege of Vienna was a struggle between Muslim and Christian magicians over the spiritual center of the West, which happens to be a small inn and brewery in Vienna. The "dark" is a beer, brewing for centuries, which the Fisher King will drink; the Anubis Gates Philip K. Dick Award winner, 1983. Dinner at Deviant's Palace Philip K. Dick Award winner, Nebula Award nominee, 1985 Unusually for Powers, this is set in the future, in a postatomic America in which an extraterrestrial psychic vampire is taking over.
In 2001 the group Cradle of Filth released a song entitled "Dinner at Deviant's Palace", the Lord's Prayer backmasked. On Stranger Tides Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1988 Set in the 18th century Caribbean. In September 2009, Tim Powers confirmed that Disney optioned the novel around April 2007, in order to incorporate elements of it into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, released on May 20, 2011; the Stress of Her Regard Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1990 and winner of the 1990 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Concerning the dealings of the Romantic poets – Byron and Shelley are major characters – with vampire-like beings from Greek mythology, François Villon being mentioned as minor character. Reprinted in 2008 with Tachyon Publications. Fault Lines series Last Call Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards winner, 1993 A professional poker player finds out that he lost far more than he won in a poker game played with Tarot cards two decades ago. Expiration Date World Fantasy Award nominee, 1996.
Earthquake Weather BSFA Award nominee, 1997. Declare World Fantasy Award winner and Locus Fantasy nominee, 2001.