The Human Alchemy

The Human Alchemy
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Genres: Collection, Horror
Publisher: Word Horde
Publication Year: 2018
Format: Trade Paperback
Length: 332 pp
ISBN: 9781939905406
PREORDER NOW! Michael Griffin's second collection, The Human Alchemy, features eleven magnificent tales where dreamlike beauty and breathtaking horror intertwine. Look for The Human Alchemy coming soon to better independent booksellers everywhere, and most online retailers. Signed copies are available for preorder direct from Word Horde.
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About the Book


Heralded as one of the leading voices in contemporary weird fiction, Michael Griffin returns with his second collection, The Human Alchemy. Here you will find eleven magnificent tales of the strange and sublime, the familiar and the disquieting, where dreamlike beauty and breathtaking horror intertwine. Featuring an introduction by S.P. Miskowski.

Cover Art by Jarek Kubicki
Cover Design by Scott R Jones

Pub Date: June 30, 2018

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-40-6

Format: eBook
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-41-3

Table of Contents

Introduction by S.P. Miskowski
Firedancing
The Smoke Lodge
Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock
The Slipping of Stones
The Tidal Pull of Salt and Sand
Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window
An Ideal Retreat
Endure Within a Dying Frame
The Only Way Out is Down
The Insomniac Who Slept Forever
The Human Alchemy

About the Author

MICHAEL GRIFFIN has released a novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone (Journalstone, 2017) and a short fiction collection, The Lure of Devouring Light (Word Horde, 2016). His stories have appeared in magazines like Apex and Black Static, and the anthologies Looming Low, Eternal Frankenstein, The Children of Old Leech, and the Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe’s Puppets. He’s also an ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, an ambient record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

Visit him online at griffinwords.com.

Reviews

“Every story in The Human Alchemy is a finely-wrought tapestry, containing many shades of darkness and light. Michael Griffin deftly weaves together threads of loss, mysticism, and creeping fear to create a truly remarkable collection. His tales usher the reader through the familiar world, then reveals to them the infinite.” –Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread

“Griffin’s characters often live in the aftermath of loss and, deeply wounded, they search for something to make them whole or to make them feel the world is not an arbitrary place. From cult followers awaiting enlightenment, to believers in mystical texts, to a mathematician who tries to formulate the structure of the world, to a woman who thinks she’s entering a threesome but ends up getting (and losing) so much more, Griffin’s characters pursue the lure of enlightenment into places that are very dark indeed–and once they’re inside, chances are they won’t be able to get out. A strong collection that makes us understand the weird in a powerful new way.” –Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy is fine art dripping slime from another dimension. This is cool, strange, creepy, elegant fiction. Think Iceberg Slim in a tailor-made Italian suit channeling the best of Lovecraft while dragging it, kicking and screaming, into our time. Throw in crackling dialogue and an Escher-like ability to bend time and space while forging new realities and what you have is a collection that cements Griffin as one of the most stylish, unique, and entertaining voices in contemporary weird fiction.” –Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints

“Michael Griffin’s The Human Alchemy reveals a multifoliatedly arcane world hidden beneath the surface of our own mundane one, riddling it with hell-holes, quicksand and potential ecstatic ruin. His stories snag and drown readers by degrees, fast or slow, every sequence a new section of reef lying in wait for unwary navigators, especially those trained to expect the usual horror tropes. In other words, damn this stuff is Weird.” –Gemma Files, author of Experimental Film


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