Offered: 2008 Far Territories trade paperback edition of Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest. New, pristine, signed by author.
Dreadful Skin's design is carefully crafted to evoke the penny dreadfuls and melodramas so popular in the nineteenth century, another way in which the connection with Gothic novels is made. But while the prose rushes forward with a kind of breathlessness well suited to the promise of the summaries, there's restraint in the levels beneath the plot. Priest is tackling classic genre questions that feature prominently in such nineteenth-century speculative works as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and Bram Stoker's Dracula: What separates humans from monsters? How well can we control our beastly instincts? Like her genre forebears, Priest doesn't offer any easy answers, and her work is all the more memorable as a result.-- J.C. Runolfson, Strange Horizons
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