Echoes of a Natural World: Tales of the Strange & Estranged
Jean Lorrain / Michael P. Daley / Lou Perliss / Marcel Schwob / Dan A. Stitzer / Jeremy Kitchen / Janice Law / Joris-Karl Huysmans / Julia Bembenek / Mark Iosifescu / Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
“This is the missing link between Baudelaire and the Area X Trilogy, strange, beautiful, and bizarre as any denizen of a romantic ruin, nuclear test site, or poisonous overgrown garden could ever want.” — CrimeReads
“Obscure, hilarious, profane, and human, Echoes of a Natural World brilliantly juxtaposes fresh oddities with classic gems of French literature. Speaking from the margins of fiction, but never marginal, each piece in this collection affirms that great, weird writing never goes out of style.” — Maryse Meijer, Heartbreaker
“Echoes of a Natural World submerges you in the high strangeness of the world around us. The eleven tales herein—both new works and rediscovered gems—form an uncanny menagerie. Its monstrous toads, murmuring fungi, and ghostly boars will haunt your imagination.” — Gabriel Mckee, Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter: The Science-Fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick
“What’s interesting about the project here—and I think that it succeeds beautifully—is that these tales represent American voices and symbolist, fin de siècle, French decadent voices with a century between them and they’re all interlocked perfectly.”—Chris Via, Leaf by Leaf
“[Echoes] mirrors the pulp collections I used to pick up from the grocery store magazine rack when I was in my hardcore sci-fi / fantasy phase once I hit double-digits—stories which stretch the possibility of what can be done… Maybe it’s the talent involved. Maybe it’s the subject matter... In any case, Echoes of a Natural World will certainly liven up your evenings and present a sense of the strange that’s far more intriguing than our current day-to-day.”—Nick Spacek, Cinepunx
Edited by Michael P. Daley. Introduction and translations from the French by Sam Kunkel.