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The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil

Avram Davidson, Grania Davis
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Avram Davidson, Grania Davis

Professor Vlad Smith is on a terrifying quest, one that will take him from the halls of our most hallowed institutions to the most run-down of old houses in blighted neighborhoods. A mysterious committee, shredded yellowed newspapers, a daguerrotype of a Confederate soldier, a headless corpse and a corpseless head.... These are the clues which Smith must piece together to save his sanity and his daughter, and uncover the terrible secret of the Boss in the Wall.

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Limekiller!

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Avram Davidson's six Jack Limekiller stories create a rich and colorful world where the magical and inexplicable coexist with the outboard motor and the escalation of the American war in Vietnam. British Hidalgo is "a place that you can put your arms around," welcoming and friendly to the visitor, but uncanny beings dwell in the bush and roam along its coast. Afloat and ashore, Jack Limekiller, master of the working sailboat Saccharissa, encounters ghosts of the colonial past and monsters far older.

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The Avram Davidson Treasury

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Avram Davidson was one of the great original American writers of this century. He was literate, erudite, cranky, Jewish, wildly creative, and sold most of his short stories to genre pulp magazines.Here are thirty-eight of the best: all the award-winners and nominees and best-of honored stories, with introductions by such notable authors as Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Peter S. Beagle, Thomas M. Disch, Gene Wolfe, Poul Anderson, Guy Davenport, Gregory Benford, Alan Dean Foster, and dozens of others, plus introductions and afterwords by Grania Davis, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, and Ray Bradbury.

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Strange Seas and Shores

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson
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Vergil in Averno

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Inspired by medieval legends about the poet Vergil, who was revered not only as the author of the Aeneid but also as a powerful necromancer, Davidson embarked on his Vergil Magus series in the '60s with the intriguing novel The Phoenix and the Mirror. In this sequel, Vergil answers a magical summons from Averno, both the wealthiest and the filthiest of cities. The magnates there are worried about the waning and shifting of the natural fires that have fueled their industries and fouled their air. The bare skeleton of plot is fleshed out with an eccentric, wide-ranging series of digressions, reminiscences, dreams and cabalistic glosses, all in a rich, baroque, rhetorical style.

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The Redward Edward Papers

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

This collection of works includes the novella The Redward Edward Papers, along with five short stories.Delicatessen was painted in faded, faded, ornate letters on the store window, and a battered metal sign advertised a well-known soft drink. Edward had never been in the place before, but the instant he entered he recognized it as an archetype. Such places are always owned by men named Hans or Ernest and have splintery wooden floors which are swept an average of once every quarter of an hour. They smell very strongly of vinegar and have very little on display in the way of wares - on top of the glass display case, a large pickle jar, usually almost empty, inside the case a small piece of cheese, a small end of roast beef and a small end of ham, perhaps one knackwurst, a pint of salad, and some rye bread. In that part of the establishment referred to by Ernest or Hans as The Back is the beer, the soft drinks, the stove on which the coffee is made To Go. One winces at the small resources on or out of which Erny is obliged to sustain life, one goes on wincing for ten, twenty, thirty years, wondering if Erny is ever going to be able to make enough money to afford a large piece of roast beef, an entire ham, or a whole rye bread. And then one day Erny isn't there any more and one learns that he has retired and moved to Florida where, in partnership with his brother-in-law, a retired plumbing contractor from New Brunswick or Queens, he now owns and operates three motels, a liquor license, a restaurant, and an all-night grocery. Never again will one hear Erny's inimitable conversation, to wit:"What can I do for you?"...The odor of vinegar was very sharp. The man behind the counter had scant hair around his head and abundant flesh around his jaws. "You are the Grand Logothete", said Edward. This time, so sharp and so strong the odor of vinegar that he never smelled the mandragore at all, even after he went blind and before he lost consciousness...

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The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

This invaluable collection of Avram Davidson's resonant, witty short stories describes some incidents in the career of many-times-Doctor Engelbert Eszterhazy, loyal subject of the Triune Monarchy of Scythia- Pannonia-Transbalkania, located in a nineteenth-century Europe whose political landscape will be, after a little reflection, familiar to most fantasy readers. Enquire with Doctor Eszterhazy into curious matters - the lurley; the old woman who lived with a bear; gingerbread men; dancing goats; and more.

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The Island Under the Earth

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson
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The Other Nineteenth Century

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Avram Davidson was widely regarded as one of the most outstanding authors of short fantasy fiction in our time. This collection comprises his distinctive historical fantasies - tales of strange Mitteleurpoas, of magic in Victorian England and on the American frontier. Here are "The Lineaments of Gratified Desire", "Traveller from an Antique Land", and "What Strange Stars and Skies"; here are dragons, cameras, and "The Singular Incident of the Dog on the Beach". Witty, whimsical, dark, and strange, these tales of times and places that almost were will leave even the most jaded readers amazed. No one has ever written like Avram Davidson, before or since.

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The Kar-Chee Reign

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson
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Peregrine: Primus

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Peregrine was the illigitimate son of the king of Sapodilla, which, as every schoolboy knows, was the last pagan kingdom in the world to resist Christianity. Cast out of Sapodilla as required by law when he reached his majority, Peregrine sallied forth into the Dark Ages with his page Dafty and the rather time-worn sorcerer Appledore to find his fortune. What he found instead was: dragons, whores, Huns, Roman legions, emperors, and a delightful collection of mysteries and adventures...

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The Enemy of My Enemy

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

The Seven Signs of Tarnis were: Green eyes Long fingers Long ears, with tips Smooth and hairless bodies Full mouths Slender feetMelodious voices Jerrod Northi - rogue, pirate and a citizen of Pemath - was desperate enough to want to go through the transformation. It cost 100,000 units for the Craftsmen to endow him with the Seven Signs - a rather steep price even for him. But he would pay it somehow, for since the attack of the deadly leeris, he feared that the cost of missing this opportunity to find a refuge in the land of Tarnis would be even higher.

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Ursus of Ultima Thule

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Avram Davidson
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Clash of Star-Kings

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Avram Davidson

You might have thought that the Fiesta of the Holy Hermit in the Mexican town of Los Remedios was just another of those quaint colourful ceremonies that the Indian natives put on each year for the mystification of tourists. And perhaps for the past few hundred years it had bee nothing more than that - but this year was to be different.For Jacob Clay, the American expatriate, had been poking into the buried secrets of that mountain community which dated back before the Aztec Empire, and he had begun to entertain a shocking suspicion. Before that fiesta was over he was due to learn the volcanic reality behind:The Holy Hermit - a mummy that was not a mummy...Tlaloc - a statue that was not just a thing of stone...Huitzilopochtli - a legend that was stark realism...And what started as a holiday turned into a nightmare on which pivoted the fates of the very stars themselves!

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Peregrine: Secundus

Avram Davidson
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Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty

Avram Davidson, Grania Davis
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Avram Davidson, Grania Davis
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Rork!

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Ran Loman wanted only to be left alone, to get away from it all. That's why he volunteered for duty on Pia 2, the most remote, isolated world in the Galaxy. The problem on Pia 2 was redwing, a plant used throughout the galaxy as a medical fixative. Redwing grew ony on Pia 2. And lately, less and less was being harvested. Lomar's assignment was simple: find out why, and do something about it. Station Officer Tan Carlo Harb tried to warn him the job might not be quite as simple as it sounded. But Lomar had to find out for himself about the strange inhabitants of Pia 2 - the Tocks, the Tame ones and the Wild ones, and the mysterious, legendary "rorks" that everyone feared. A murder and kidnapping that sent Lomar and a Wild Tock woman across an uncharted rork continent on their own taught Lomar rather more than he bargained for . . .

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What Strange Stars and Skies

Avram Davidson
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A creature from space who watched too many American TV programs... A backwoods man who spoke an unearthly language... And the most singular events which occurred in the hovel on the alley off of Eye Street... You'll read about all of them, and many more, in this fascinating collection of stories by Hugo Award-winner Avram Davidson, one of the most original and accomplished writers of modern-day science fiction.

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Rogue Dragon

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Jon-Joras had come to Earth simply to oversee arrangements for a dragon hunt to amuse the king. These hunts were as much pageantry as sport - the dragons, brought to Earth centuries before as pets of an alien race, were powerful but slow-witted. But suddenly the dragons had become dangerous - quick, deceptive, a menace to the nobles who hunted them. And Jon-Joras found himself caught in the middle of an uprising that could shake the powers that ruled the star-worlds.

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Mutiny in Space

Avram Davidson
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Avram Davidson

Marooned on an unknown planet, the Persephone's officers moved warily through the forest. They had escaped the mutineers, but they knew there was danger ahead ... but what was it?The answer came in a howl of fury and a charge by grotesque armed figures - an army of death-dealing women!Avram Davidson, noted for his classic science-fiction short stories, tells a rousing tale of adventure in space and on an incredible planet.