The Back of Beyond

The Back of Beyond

  • Author: Alan Peter Ryan
  • Artist: Tomislav Tikulin
  • Pub. Date: September 4, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-247-7
  • Status: Out of Print

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The Back of Beyond: New Stories
by Alan Peter Ryan

Featuring stunning full-color cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin

About the Book:
Each of these four brand new stories from Alan Peter Ryan — the acclaimed author of The Kill, The Bone Wizard, and Amazonas — feature men who are haunted by different demons in different places and different times...

In Brazil, there are signs that say "Sexual Exploration Is a Crime," and Jerry Crenshaw has traveled to the country in search of a girlfriend. He finds one and he has never known a girl like Renata. She is friendly and vivacious. She stands very close to him and looks up straight into his eyes and keeps one hand resting lightly on his arm. But Jerry's going to find a lot more in Brazil than he bargained for, including something in a bag that will change his world forever....

"The Winter's Tale" tells the story of a man who lives by a churchyard that is widely and firmly reputed to be the haunt of sprites and goblins. The man cares not for such tales, but he should have paid heed to the warnings because he's about to find out the hard way that he is not alone in the cold winter night...

In "Starvation Valley," a man and his son are on a cross country drive that is not going according to plan when they end up at a place called Janey's, which may or may not be real. It certainly feels real while they're there, but when the man goes back to find it again, he learns that some places in the world, once visited and then left behind, seem never to have existed at all...

In "Mountain Man," there's an old man named Hiram Fuller whose hands are thin and gray with dirt, the nails long and broken, each with a black crescent of dirt. He reeks to high heaven, not just of old sweat but of something thick and suffocating like the smell of a savage animal unwillingly caged... and when you meet him on the old trail he says he "ate his horse," and he "might just have to eat you as well..."

Journey with Alan Peter Ryan into the darkness that resides within all of these men... but don't travel too far off the path because you might not find your way home again.

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Alan Peter Ryan was the author of four novels and two collections of short stories and novellas and the editor of five anthologies. He was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award and three times for the World Fantasy Award, and won a World Fantasy Award for The Bones Wizard. He also edited five anthologies of travel writing for which he won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. As a journalist, he wrote for all the major newspapers of the United States and for many magazines, including Smithsonian, The American Scholar, Islands, Travel & Leisure, and Playgirl.

Published in two states:
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 1,000 signed copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($35)
• Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather and Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)

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