An Evil Guest
An Evil Guest
By Gene Wolfe
Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765321336, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Lovecraft mets Blade Runner. This is a stand-alone supernatural horror novel with a 30s noir atmosphere. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants--and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate Freedom, Wolfe turns to the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft and the weird science tale of supernatural horror.
Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided--perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is the benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils. As Lovecraft said, "That is not dead which can eternal lie."
“It’s a pulp thriller—and that’s a compliment, because Wolfe knows from pulp thrillers and because here he’s creating a strange sort of genre meltdown, a 21st century pulp adventure thriller with SF and horror elements that nobody else could possibly have written.”
--Neil Gaiman on An Evil Guest
“Vast, formless things astir behind a seductive dark romance of Broadway stardom . . . our feet leave Terra Firma unbeknownst, till mythos titans ring us round and we are star bound, lost . . . Wolfe is a grand master, the king of sly and incremental sorcery.”
--Michael Shea on An Evil Guest