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From the October 2000 Locus

Robert W. Chambers, The Yellow Sign and Other Stories: The Complete Weird Tales of Robert W. Chambers (Chaosium 7/00) Editor S.T. Joshi pulls together supernatural stories from seven collections and episodic ''novels'', including the complete In Search of the Unknown and Police!!!. Joshi's introduction provides a charmingly honest evaluation of these uneven, if occasionally brilliant, works by a once-popular author who influenced a generation of weird writers including H.P. Lovecraft.

Michael Collings, ed., Hauntings: The Official Peter Straub Bibliography (Overlook Connection Press 8/00) Documenting Straub's work for the last 30 years, Collings lists not only Straub's novels and stories, but also poems, and non-fiction: introductions, essays, reviews even liner notes written for Jazz recordings. Stanley Wiater provides an interview with Straub evaluating his books as books (cover art, titles, special editions, etc.).

John Crowley, Daemonomania (Bantam 8/00) The long-awaited third book in the metaphysical fantasy quartet begun in AEgypt sees historian Pierce Moffett still trying to analyze society's turn away from science to return to a belief in magic; meanwhile, Rose and Rosie become involved with a disturbing Christian group. Dreams turn to nightmares in this dark, autumnal tale of human obsessions by one of fantasy's most critically acclaimed authors.

Jack Dann, Bad Medicine (Flamingo Australia 7/00) Native American mysticism mixes with the classic American road novel in this magical account of an alcoholic medicine man and a handyman who head cross-country to escape their dead-end lives.

Mary Gentle, The Book of Ash, #3: The Wild Machines (Eos 8/00) The next-to-final installment in the fascinating historical fantasy/alternate-history featuring the 15th-century female mercenary Ash, whose battles to defend Burgundy from the Visigoths leads her to discover dangerous machines computers in Carthage. The future scholar translating Ash's story attempts to find confirmation through archaeological digs, with puzzling results.

Martin H. Greenberg, ed., My Favorite Fantasy Story (DAW 8/00) Each of these 18 stories was chosen by one of today's biggest fantasy authors including Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Gene Wolfe, and George R.R. Martin, who also supply introductions to their selections by authors including Jack Vance, Roger Zelazny, John Wyndham, and R.A. Lafferty.

Edmond Hamilton, The Vampire Master and Other Tales of Horror (Haffner 8/00) This collection from an author best known for his SF brings together nine tales of mystery and horror originally published in the pulps, including some published under the pen name Hugh Davidson, and a nostalgic afterword by Hamilton on his memories of writing for Weird Tales. There is also an introduction by Hugh B. Cave.

Robin Hobb, Ship of Destiny (Bantam Spectra 8/00) This third volume in ''The Liveship Traders'' trilogy brings a triumphant conclusion to this often wrenching tale of traders and their tormented magical ships, beset by politics, pirates, slavers, and sea serpents all finally wrapped up in a dramatically different tale of lost dragons.

Joe R. Lansdale, High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale (Golden Gryphon 7/00) Lansdale picked his favorites for this collection of 21 stories, the cream of the crop from a highly respected author known for his distinctive mix of horror and humor with a Southern Gothic flavor.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling (Harcourt 9/00) Le Guin returns to the worlds of the Ekumen for this anthropological SF novel that explores fundamentalism and the importance of storytelling. The first full-length novel in Le Guin's Hainish cycle since The Dispossessed.

Valery Leith, The Riddled Night (Bantam Spectra 8/00) The tale of ''Everien'' continues in this second volume, as forces seek the lost Knowledge that can change the tide of war in this strikingly different fantasy world of shifting realities.

Shariann Lewitt, Rebel Sutra (Tor 9/00) Romance and rebellion mix on a colony world ruled by an elite genetically altered to interface with the colony's computer, where ordinary humans have no chance to compete until two exceptional young people meet.

H.P. Lovecraft, Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters (Ohio University Press 8/00) Editors S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz let Lovecraft, a prolific correspondent, tell his own life story through carefully arranged extracts drawn from a pool of around 3,000 letters, many previously unpublished, along with autobiographical excerpts from Lovecraft's essays.

Richard Paul Russo, Terminal Visions (Golden Gryphon 8/00) The first collection by an author whose short fiction deserves more attention. This features 14 stories exploring everything from gritty alien encounters to alternate reality, and the human condition on Earth. Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler.

Robert Silverberg, Sailing to Byzantium (ibooks 8/00) Five award-nominated novellas are gathered in this collection, including the Nebula Award-winning title story.

James Stevens-Arce, Soulsaver (Harcourt 9/00) Christian fundamentalism and offbeat satire mix in this spirited first novel set in near-future Puerto Rico, now part of a dystopian US controlled by televangelists. An idealistic young believer gets his eyes opened on the job saving suicides' souls by freezing their bodies for future resurrection.

Judith Tarr, Kingdom of the Grail (Roc 9/00) Arthurian fantasy mixes with ''The Song of Roland'' in this epic novel. As a boy, Roland meets the imprisoned Merlin and swears to free him, an oath that is tested years later when an old enemy returns seeking the Holy Grail.

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