Limited Edition: 500 signed numbered hardcovers
Special Extra: Shriek CD Soundtrack by the Church
Publication Date: December 2008 (AVAILABLE NOW)
Cover Art by: Ben Templesmith
"Like some delicious mashup of H.P. Lovecraft, Mervyn Peake, and L. Frank Baum, but with his own verbal dexterity and perverse ingenuity...An affecting narrative about love, art, sibling rivalry, commerce, history, and some really nasty 'shrooms." – The Washington Post Book World
A year's best selection of The San Francisco Chronicle, The Austin Chronicle, and SF Site, World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's Shriek: An Afterword is a triumphant return to the author's imaginary city of Ambergris—the setting of his critically acclaimed, best-selling City of Saints & Madmen.
Shriek:An Afterword relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies. Narrated with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions by ex-society figure Janice Shriek, this afterword presents a vivid gallery of characters and events, emphasizing the adventures of Janice's brother Duncan, a historian obsessed with a doomed love affair and a secret that may kill or transform him; a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever; and the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies who have been waiting underground for their chance to mold the future of the city.
Experience the beautifully strange novel that received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was praised by, among others, Elizabeth Hand, Gene Wolfe, Zoran Zivkovic, Hal Duncan, and Jeffrey Ford.
"Shriek: An Afterword further established Jeff VanderMeer as the finest fantasist of his generation." – The Austin Chronicle
"Five stars! A stunning and very different fantasy novel." – BBC Focus Magazine
"In the telling, Shriek: An Afterword is an exceptional novel, a tapestry of fine writing, deep psychological insight, and acute narrative excitement.... a dark fantasy of tremendous distinction." —Locus