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Lucius Shepard's short fiction ranges far and wide over the field of SF and fantasy, and is crammed with show-stopper ideas and an intense originality. The Ends of the Earth is a testimonial to a genius of the genre, and a major American writer. Winner of the 1992 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.

The Ends of the Earth (1989)
Delta Sly Honey (1987)
Bound for G
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Arkham House Publishers (first published January 24th 1991)
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The Ends of the Earth: Luminous, powerful stories of war, exotic locales, and supernatural horror
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Lucius Shepard had already created one of the best short story collections in the genre, The Jaguar Hunter, which won the 1988 World Fantasy Award and Locus Award for Best Collection, with “Salvador” winning the Locus Award in 1985 and “R&R” winning the Nebula Award in 1987. His work is steeped in magical realism, supernatural horror, Central America and other e
Shepard brings to mind Conrad’s dark adventures, The Twilight Zone, James Triptree jr., films of John Carpenter, debauched yanqui in peril existentialism of Greene, X-files, Robert Stone of Dog Soldiers and Flag for Sunrise, and the crumbling fantasy worlds of Swanwick and Gene Wolfe. This collection is even better than Jaguar Hunter without a clunker in the batch. Gnostic visions, other dimensions, time travel, train rides through hell, ghost patrols, and other pulpy concepts are either thrown ...more
When the going gets tough the tough get...their clothes off and get it on. Seriously every story where there is a female around is going to have rape or ecstatic intercourse or masturbation and sometimes all three, often in the most ridiculous situations and places. Its just not believable. I don't know if Shepard thinks he's being edgy or what.

About half the stories here are average, 1/4 good, and 1/4 really weak. There is one long absolute stinker: The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter. This 5
Graham P
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lucius Shepard is one of those writers who can't be easily categorized. His fiction flirts with genre, skittering over barren, haunted territories marked by JG Ballard and Joseph Conrad, and at times stylistically, his pen wields florid like Clark Ashton Smith, or precise in the fashion of Graham Greene. He truly is a master of the short story and short novel. This Arkham House collection (while not as good as its predecessor, 'The Jaguar Hunter') has all the trademarks of Shepard; ex-pats with ...more
Christi Bell
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Lucius Shepard book and I have to say, I really enjoyed his brutal, unique style.yes, there's a lot of sex and violence in his stories with an enjoyable mix of the fantastic but none of it seemed over the top or inappropriate to the contexts or characters. I like that he writes about Americans in other countries and his descriptions of the people and places are vivid and engaging. The unique sense of each story was refreshing, as I didn't feel that any of his stories bled into ...more
Cristian Tomescu
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
After half of the stories, I finally gave up.
Brown Robin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Another exercise in nostalgia. I remember this one as having some terrific stories in it.

Alas, on this reread, I found the stories to be a bit similar. I enjoyed Shepard's style 20 years ago, but I am repelled by it today. That's on me.

Not as good as I remember, but Shepard still has something to say about class, race, and power.

Of particular note, the power and impact of "Surrender" derives not from the narrative particulars, since it is first person past, and the action is boilerplate horror w
Luke Van Lant
Yes, I'm not going to rate this one. This isn't as unqualified of a recommendation as The Jaguar Hunter. Several of the stories – at least of the ones that I've read – are beautiful, wonderfully done, appetizingly dark, and – I guess just all around appealing. I'm talking about "The Ends of the Earth," "Delta Sly Honey," "Bound for Glory," and "Surrender," and if what I've heard is true, "The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter" fits into that category as well. However, a couple of the stories – "T ...more
David Allen
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago and stumbled across it again in our woefully understocked local library branch. I reread it again to fuel my personal nightmare generator. Every story in this collection is haunting, sometimes beautiful, and always full of shocking juxtapositions and grotesque associations Shepard can make. His writing moves beyond fantasy into the surreal, the hallucinatory, and maybe even the downright insane.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
My first collection of short stories by Shepard. Shepard weaves tales full of beauty, wonder, terror, and beyond.
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