“Brings to mind the best work of Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Ward Just.”–Wall Street Journal
The fiction of Lucius Shepard has more to do with Joseph Conrad than Isaac Asimov. Fascinated by deception and decay, and generally labeled a cyberpunk writer, his work transcends the limits of genre fiction. Beast of the Heartland contains seven tales that explore the dark side where science fiction meets horror. Headed by the award-winning “Barnacle Bill the Spacer,” a story of high-space mutiny, the book includes “A Little Night Music,” a gothic tale of insanity; “All the Perfumes of Araby,” where an adventurer in the Middle East links up with an ancient entity; “Human History,” a postapocalyptic chiller; “Sports in America,” a noir tale in the Chandler tradition; “The Sun Spider,” a mini space opera; and the title story–an ingenious picture of a battered boxer on the decline.