Uncommon Places: A Collection of Exquisites
By Wilum Pugmire
Like poison leaked from some acidic brain, this book will haunt you with the language and vision of the lost. For more than four decades, W. H. Pugmire has delighted and astonished his many devotees with vignettes of perfumed prose-poetry that rival the work of Baudelaire and Clark Ashton Smith.
In this new collection, which contains both new and reprinted pieces, Pugmire once again stakes his claim to be the most accomplished prose stylist in contemporary weird fiction. Here we find the shades of Lovecraft, Poe and Oscar Wilde—that dandified British author whose life and work hover over this collection like a sea-mist. We explore the shadows spawned in Sesqua Valley... Providence, Rhode Island... and Gershom, a city of artistic exiles. The title work is an impressive sequence of prose-poems, each segment inspired by an entry in Lovecraft's Commonplace Book, fusing delicate prose-poetry with the terror that only the landscape of the fantastic imagination can elicit. This new collection includes all of the original works that first appeared in The Tangled Muse, Wilum Pugmire's limited (and now, out of print) omnibus, together with a number of newly written and rather disturbing prose-poems that see their first publication here. The title work also appeared in The Tangled Muse, but the author added 10,000 additional words to it for this edition; most of the new material being a segmented sequel to J. Vernon Shea's "The Haunter of the Graveyard." Uncommon Places features cover artwork and interior illustrations by the fantastic Swiss artist, Gwabryel, specially commissioned for this edition.