An Evil Guest
By Gene Wolfe
(Tor Fantasy, Mass Market Paperback, 9780765360977, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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Lovecraft meets Blade Runner in a stand-alone supernatural horror novel. 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 the story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious private detective and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, a 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. The rich man is the angel 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.”
GENE WOLFE is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and many other awards. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.
Praise for An Evil Guest
“[An] enticing mix of mystery, wordplay, and ethical inquiry.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Succeeds by tumbling from unexpected world to unexpected world, from one grand absurdity to another, from one choreographed dance scene to the next, without ever missing a beat.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Signature Review by Caitlin R. Kiernan
“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 twenty-first century pulp adventure thriller with SF and horror elements that nobody else could possibly have written.”