Dark Property. Brian Evenson.

Dark Property

Thunder's Mouth Press, November 2002. Paper Back. Used - Very Good. Item #246006
ISBN: 0971248524

A woman carries a dying baby across a desert waste, moving toward a fortress harboring a mysterious resurrection cult. Menaced by scavengers, she nevertheless begins to suspect that the reality within the fortress may be even more unsettling than the blasted environment outside. As she slips unobtrusively towards the city of the dead, she is pursued by a bounty hunter who cuts a bloody swath after her. On one level, Dark Property is an exploration of religious fanaticism. Although Evensons characters owe more to the Book of Mormon than the Koran, their frightening intensity will spark recognition in both reviewers and readers. This brooding tale is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthys Blood Meridian and J. G. Ballards more disturbing works of fiction. I admire Evensons writing and respect his courage. Andrew Vachss.

A woman carries a dying baby across a desert waste, moving toward a fortress harboring a mysterious resurrection cult. Menaced by scavengers, she nevertheless begins to suspect that the reality within the fortress may be even more unsettling than the blasted environment outside. As she slips unobtrusively towards the city of the dead, she is pursued by a bounty hunter who cuts a bloody swath after her. On one level, Dark Property is an exploration of religious fanaticism. Although Evenson's characters owe more to the Book of Mormon than the Koran, their frightening intensity will spark recognition in both reviewers and readers. This brooding tale is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and J. G. Ballard's more disturbing works of fiction. 'I admire Evenson's writing and respect his courage.' -- Andrew Vachss Some exterior wear and mild staining. Slightly dog-eared top corners, slightly soiled. This is Evenson's 6th novel and is quite uncommon. Brian Evenson is a prolific and talented author of horror and speculative fiction, as well being a lauded, respected writer of critical theory and philosophy whose ideas can be traced to Julia Kristeva, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and other post modern critical thinkers. Likewise his fiction has been compared to J. G. Ballard, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and other 20th century masters, all of which suggests more than anything else his work is rich, thoughtful and unique. He has also published books that were simply entertaining for the sake of being entertaining. In the latter category I would include Aliens: No Exit. Published by comic imprint, Dark Horse, Aliens: No Exit, is a novel set in the universe of the Alien film franchise, famously occupied by Ripley, Corporal Hicks, Newt, Bishop, etc. As a young professor at Brigham Young University of all places Evenson came under fire for the over the top violence of his first novel, Altmann's Tongue wherein tongues are mutilated and eaten! Around the same time Evenson also published an excellent non-fiction critical study, Understanding Robert Coover. In 2019 he published his 27th work of fiction, a brilliant collection of short stories, Song for the Unraveling of the World. That book appeared on a number of 'best books of 2019' lists, including my own and other such lists that 'mattered' more than my own Facebook only list. Mattered enough that Evenson might be on his way to getting the attention and critical acclaim his smart, original stories deserve.

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