Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 200 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.21 in
Published: June 21, 2011
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1934414514
ISBN - 13: 9781934414514
About the Book
Written in the New Wave Fabulist tradition, these historically-grounded stories blend the fantastic and the macabre in astonishing, unforgettable ways.
From the Publisher
''She admits she is pleased when the new placard is raised, "Madame
Tussaud''s House of Wax." She stands in the crowd with François at
her side. He leans close enough to touch her ear with the fringe of
his mustache and whispers, "What part of the museum would the
famous Madame Tussaud like to survey on her inaugural visit?" "The
Chamber of Horrors, I think," she says softly. "Really, my dear?
All that grim fantasy and blood?" "There is no fantasy about it,
François. It is an embryo, a showing of what is to come."''
Blending historical fiction with fantasy and the macabre, Adam
McOmber''s debut short story collection brings the influence of
Angela Carter, Isak Dinesen, and Edgar Allan Poe to the next
generation. In "The Automatic Garden," a solitary architect from
the court at Versailles builds a water-powered pleasure garden; in
"There Are No Bodies Such as This," we read a haunted and romantic
fiction about the creation of Madame Tussaud''s wax museum; in
"Fall, Orpheum," a small town movie palace becomes the temple for
an entire town''s devotion and sacrifice. McOmber seamlessly blends
history, artifice, and desire to create a dream of the past that
intertwines with our own notions of modern life. Adam McOmber ''s
stories appear in ''Conjunctions'', ''StoryQuarterly'', ''Third
Coast'', ''The Greensboro Review'', ''Arts & Letters'', and
''Quarterly West''. He is assistant director of creative nonfiction
at Columbia College Chicago and associate editor of the literary
magazine ''Hotel Amerika''.
About the Author
Adam McOmber: Adam McOmber is the assistant director of Creative Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches both nonfiction and literature with a focus on mythology. He is the associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. His work has recently been published in Conjunctions, StoryQuarterly, Third Coast, The Greensboro Review, Arts and Letters, Ascent, Web Conjunctions and Quarterly West. In 2012, ''This New and Poisonous Air'' was chosen as one of NewCity Lit''s "Lit 50" in Chicago. McOmber holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Indiana University. ''This New and Poisonous Air'' is his first book.