Thursday, October 13, 2005


I just got some advance bound manuscript copies of Shriek from Liz Gorinsky at Tor! It's so odd to see it in book form, to be honest, and rather thrilling. I've worked on this thing for so long I never actually visualized this moment. These copies will go out to writers for advance blurbs. It's also great because it allows me to come to the novel fresh and make a few more edits.

A couple of blurbs have already come in, from Clare Dudman and Tamar Yellin. Admittedly, these are writers I know pretty well, but they're also not writers who give blurbs if they don't sincerely like a book.

"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer. His vision of Ambergris is passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying. What is remarkable about Shriek: An Afterword is the way it combines such surreal imagery with intensely human feeling. He writes about real people - about the real world." - Tamar Yellin, author of The Genizah at the House of Shepher

"An enthralling book which takes you into the vivid and superbly-realised world of Ambergris. It is in turn unsettling, moving and thrilling - with passages of writing that can be dryly funny on one page and beautiful on the next..." - Clare Dudman, author of One Day the Ice Will Reveal All of Its Dead


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