Below, in all its glory, is the cover of Magic Dirt: the best of Sean Williams
. Classy, huh? The photos are taken by Mike Mission, whose extraordinary "asphalt archaeology"
snapshots from Manhattan Island were recently featured on Boing Boing. There's a much larger version of the cover here
, if you want to see the pictures we've chosen in more detail.
I'm also very pleased to reveal that intro to the book is written by John Harwood, author of the brilliant The Ghost Writer
(winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel and the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award, also listed in the very credible Miles Franklin Award and Commonwealth Writers Prize) and the forthcoming The Séance
. Because I love the intro so much (and am immensely flattered by the things he says) I've pasted a paragraph below the cover.
The book itself is available in limited and numbered editions through Ticonderoga Publications
and will be launched at Swancon. Comes with free haiku!
"Reading these stories is like lucid dreaming, in which you dream that you’re lying awake in your own bed; the room is exactly as it would be in waking life, until the impossible intrudes. Sean Williams doesn’t simply stay one step ahead of his reader; he knows how to make you believe you know exactly where he’s going, while steering you down a far more sinister path. The immediacy of the action is never compromised, but there’s an unnerving resonance, a shadow cast (shadows often carry a particular charge in his work) which doesn’t quite match up with the object supposedly casting it."