Smoke and mirrors : short fictions and illusions /Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Avon Books, Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 339 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780061450167; 0061450162.Subject(s): Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories
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<p>The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman</p> <p>An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store . . .</p> <p>A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimagiable evil . . .</p> <p>A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage . . .</p> <p>Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll . . .</p> <p>Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman's first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day. In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties . . . and reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.</p>
Reading the entrails: a rondel -- An introduction -- Chivalry -- Nicholas was ... -- The price -- Troll bridge -- Don't ask Jack -- The goldfish pool and other stories -- The white road -- Queen of knives -- Changes -- The daughter of owls -- Shoggoth's old peculiar -- Virus -- Looking for the girl -- Only the end of the world again -- Bay wolf -- We can get them for you wholesale -- One life, furnished in early Moorcock -- Cold colors -- The sweeper of dreams -- Foreign parts -- Vampire sestina -- Mouse -- The sea change -- When we went to see the end of the world by Dawnie Morningside, age 11 1/4 -- Desert wind -- Tastings -- Babycakes -- Murder mysteries -- Snow, glass, apples.
A collection of fantasy stories and poems. In Chivalry, a woman discovers the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop, in Murder Mysteries, an angel visiting Los Angeles provides the inside story on Lucifer's revolt against God, and there are revisionist stories on Snow White and Santa Claus.