EVIL, AND RATHER HAPPY ABOUT THIS WP REVIEW
Previously, VanderMeer's City of Saints and Madmen (2002) stood as the essential volume in this mythos. But his new book, Shriek: An Afterword (Tor, $24.95), is so brilliantly conceived and shockingly revelatory that it might very well surpass its predecessor...Like some delicious, delirious mashup of H.P. Lovecraft, Mervyn Peake and L. Frank Baum...this novel never allows its elaborate literary apparatus to muffle its affecting narrative about love, art, sibling rivalry, commerce, history and some really nasty 'shrooms.
Evil Monkey: Yeah, but they hate you in Peoria. Jeff: As soon as you announce your platform, they'll hate you everywhere. Evil Monkey: Good! And, Evil Monkey For President is now mine. Soon: content! Buttons! Slogans!