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When Michael Blumlein’s debut collection THE BRAINS OF RATS first appeared, it marked the arrival of a major new talent, earning widespread acclaim from mainstream critics as well as genre stalwarts Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Pat Cadigan and many others.

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The Brains of Rats (1989) by Michael Blumlein, introduction by Michael McDowell

Book Description

In the World Fantasy Award-nominated title story, a geneticist conflicted over his own sexuality, and the nature of male and female gender roles in general, proposes a drastic solution. The politically charged “Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report” describes in chilling detail a surgeon’s evisceration of President Ronald Reagan. In “Bestseller,” a struggling novelist unable to sell his books must sell something else unthinkably horrific in order to provide for his family. In these and the nine other startlingly original stories in this collection, Blumlein blurs the boundaries between horror, science fiction and fantasy, creating a strange and nightmarish world not unlike our own, where nothing is what it seems.

This new edition features an introduction by bestselling horror novelist and screenwriter Michael McDowell.

Reviews

“Michael Blumlein is something new, a real original. I think he will have a great impact on the horror field, but I don’t think anybody is going to be able to imitate him.” – Peter Straub

“Blumlein has an exceptional vision, and he conveys it with exceptional talent.” – Washington Post

“Blumlein’s first collection signals the appearance of a major talent on the horror scene. Subtle and chilling.” – Publishers Weekly

“Blumlein is a powerful and highly original voice. He writes like his soul’s on ice. Disturbing stuff. More please!” – Joe R. Lansdale

The Brains of Rats is blindingly brilliant. Blumlein is beyond any genre, a genuinely great writer.” – Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

“This is not a book for everyone. Only those who delight in splendid, original thinking and rich, pyrotechnical language need apply. . . . Mr. Blumlein carves enigmas and fabulous dark surprises from the magic mountain of his imagination.” – Harlan Ellison

“I didn’t read these stories, I hallucinated them. I dare anyone to read Blumlein’s work and come out the other side unchanged.” – Pat Cadigan

“Blumlein is an eclectic and daring writer, using experimental techniques and fragmented narrative to achieve spectacular results. The stories here are all disturbing and they all work – no small accomplishment for experimental fiction.” – Locus

Now in paperback and ebook:

http://www.valancourtbooks.com/the-br...


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments Valancourt Books wrote: "When Michael Blumlein’s debut collection THE BRAINS OF RATS first appeared, it marked the arrival of a major new talent, earning widespread acclaim from mainstream critics as well as genre stalwart..."

*WANT*


Char  | 319 comments Me too. Because I don't have enough to read. ;)


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments Charlene wrote: "Me too. Because I don't have enough to read. ;)"

That's exactly my problem, Char.... ;)


Char  | 319 comments This book is definitely a trip. From the horrific medical thriller to a crazy fantasy like story with a talking cat, I just want to read more stories. Right now.

Unfortunately I have to work to pay for all these books!


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments I just ordered it with THE GODSEND, and another from Valancourt (paperbacks).


Char  | 319 comments I picked up The Godsend a few weeks back. I'm sensing a buddy read in the near future. (If I can get out of this slump!)


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Janie C. | 27 comments Charlene wrote: "I picked up The Godsend a few weeks back. I'm sensing a buddy read in the near future. (If I can get out of this slump!)"

Charlene, you read more in a slump than I do in a month :) Do you think you'll be ready for a buddy read after the 22nd? PAYDAY!


Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 362 comments Charlene wrote: "I picked up The Godsend a few weeks back. I'm sensing a buddy read in the near future. (If I can get out of this slump!)"

BUDDY READ!!!!! I'm reading Pigeons From Hell, and COLD MOON OVER BABYLON now.....I have a feeling neither will leave me in a slump. I seriously need an entire shelf or two devoted to Valancourt books!


Char  | 319 comments Janie wrote: "Charlene wrote: "I picked up The Godsend a few weeks back. I'm sensing a buddy read in the near future. (If I can get out of this slump!)"

Charlene, you read more in a slump than I do in a month :..."


Ha! I'm just reading short stories right now. I hope I will be out of this slump by then, yes.


Char  | 319 comments Kimberly wrote: "Charlene wrote: "I picked up The Godsend a few weeks back. I'm sensing a buddy read in the near future. (If I can get out of this slump!)"

BUDDY READ!!!!! I'm reading Pigeons From Hell, and COLD ..."


Those are both such great stories!


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