Smoke and Mirrors ; Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman
New York : William Morrow, 1998. First edition. Hardcover. 339 pages ; 25 cm. $24.00 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
The distinctive storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman—combining rare mythic power and profound insight—has been acclaimed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With The Sandman, Gaiman created the most sophisticated, intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time. In Neverwhere, he built a mesmerizing world of wonders and terrors just below the London streets. With this new collection of short fiction—several never before published and many never before collected—he will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move YOU to the depths of your soul.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store...
A writer arrives in L.A. to adapt his book for the movies and is drawn into the surreal world of a hotel groundskeeper's bittersweet dreams of a forgotten screen beauty...
A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly baffle to protect his unwary adoptive family from an unimaginable evil...
A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage...
Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll...
Uch miraculous inventions and more await within these pages; a gift of wonder and delight from one of the truly unique literary artists of our day. In Neil Gaiman's 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.
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