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Shirley, John 1953-

Works: 135 works in 321 publications in 4 languages and 8,330 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Fantasy fiction  History  Interviews  Horror tales  Science fiction  Film adaptations  Film and video adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Translator
Classifications: PS3569.H558, 813.54
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Wetbones by John Shirley( )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
WETBONES, the acclaimed and viscerally powerful work by John Shirley, is being released for the first time in a new, improved form. *Fully revised and updated edition. *First fully-author-approved text ever released. *INCLUDES a Brand-New companion story. Never before published. Down -on-his-luck screenwriter Tom Prentice is called to the morgue to identify the body of his ex-wife Amy. She's recognizable--but her body is also 50 pounds underweight, and mutilated. Disturbed, but trying to go on with his life, Prentice pitches a cop-show to studio head Arthwright and is surprised when the exec is interested in the run-of-the-mill idea. Arthwright’s real motives will emerge into hideous view, along with soul-consuming astral creatures camouflaging themselves behind greed, the seduction of Hollywood power—and pleasure. The secret of the Akishra writhes in the background...until it squirms into plain, horrific view. Meanwhile, Reverend Garner, a recovering addict who runs a ministry in Oakland, discovers that his teenage daughter Constance is missing. She has been kidnapped by Ephram Pixie, a ghoulish serial murderer with connections to the cult of the Akishra—Pixie uses psychic pressure to turn Constance into a pleasure addict of the sickest sort. And Mitch Teitelbaum, the missing brother of Tom Prentice's roommate Jeff, ends up in a hospital after deliberately and gruesomely mutilating himself...under the influence of the Akishra. Much of the action spins out from a mysterious, on-going, underground party, which goes on, apparently endlessly, at the fenced-in residence of The More Man and his Malibu film folk, legendary Hollywood Babylon-type partiers, connected with Arthwright, living for decades as psychic vampires feeding on pleasure and the gradual destruction of the human soul. Wetbones is a streetname for victims of their former ally, Ephram Pixie—the residue of his latest sensuous atrocity with Constance, they’re skinless package of freshly bloodied bones... All the storylines come devastatingly together, like wet bones lashed together, in the apocalyptic climax... A contemporary horror tale with Lovecraftian overtones, a subtle message about the horrors of addiction (which may all be inspired and directed by entities from a higher and very nasty plane of existence) and a look at the dark underside of Hollywood written by someone who knows...WETBONES is wrapped in a speed-charged action tale with enough gruesome violence and horrific action to remind readers that John Shirley was recognized from early on as one of the mainsprings of the Splatterpunk movement. The content is very graphic and not for the faint of heart, a glimpse into the abyss only to discover the abyss looking hungrily back
Demons by John Shirley( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a post-apocalyptic, near-future world, evil demons roam the Earth, torturing any humans they encounter, while Ira, a young San Francisco artist, joins forces with a powerful young seeress to end the reign of terror
Crawlers by John Shirley( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Something insidious is unleashed when a nanotechnology project goes horrifically wrong. Advertising. Author publicity
The crow by Alex Proyas( Visual )
13 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Featuring Brandon Lee in his final, tragic performance, The Crow is the tale of young musician Eric Draven who, along with his fiancee, is murdered on the eve of their Halloween wedding. Exactly one year after their deaths, Eric is risen from the grave by a mysterious crow to seek out his killers and force them to answer for their crimes
Bleak history : a novel by John Shirley( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As far as Gabriel Bleak is concerned, talking to the dead is just another way of making a living. It gives him the competitive edge to survive as a bounty hunter, or "skip tracer," in the psychic minefield known as New York City. Unfortunately, his gift also makes him a prime target. A top-secret division of Homeland Security has been monitoring the recent emergence of human supernaturals, with Gabriel Bleak being the strongest on record. If they control Gabriel, they'll gain access to the Hidden -- the entity-based energy field that connects all life on Earth. But Gabriel's got other ideas. With a growing underground movement called the Shadow Community -- and an uneasy alliance of spirits, elementals, and other beings -- Gabriel's about to face the greatest demonic uprising since the Dark Ages. But this time, history is not going to repeat itself. This time, the future is Bleak. Gabriel Bleak
A splendid chaos : an interplanetary fantasy by John Shirley( Book )
3 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gurdjieff : an introduction to his life and ideas by John Shirley( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas, novelist and storyteller John Shirley offers a lively, deeply felt exploration of the man and his thought. Shirley brings together much of what we know of Gurdjieff's early life and education. Surveying the teacher's methods and the lives of his leading pupils, Shirley delineates the importance of the oral tradition in Gurdjieff's teachings and how it is carried on today."--BOOK JACKET
Bioshock : rapture by John Shirley( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and German and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A prequel to the video-game franchise explains how the technologically advanced undersea city called Rapture came to be and how it eventually devolved into a chaotic dystopia
Everything is broken by John Shirley( Book )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twenty-year-old Russ arrives in the northern California town of Freedom to visit his dad. Freedom has peculiarities other than its odd name: the local mayor''s ideas of "decentralization" have left it without normal connections to state or federal government and minimal public services. Russ meets an interesting young woman, Pendra, but before he can get to know much about Freedom or its people, a savage tsunami strikes the West Coast. The wave of human brutality that soon hits the isolated town proves more dangerous to the survivors than the natural disaster. Russ, his father, Pendra, and the other townsfolk must tap all their courage and ingenuity - and find strength they never knew they had - if they have any hope of living to find real freedom!
Black glass : the lost cyberpunk novel by John Shirley( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking the fall for his younger brother, Richard Candle went from being cyber cop to condemned criminal. After four years of UnMinding-, his mind suppressed, his body enslaved-he's released to discover his brother has slipped back into the underworld of the V-Rat, the virtual reality addict. Meanwhile, Candle's harried by the murderous Grist, the head of the world's biggest multinational. But his real enemy is something else: a conscious program, the Multisemblant, a meld of copied personalities, the dark side of five powerful people, with its own brutal agenda. Human society is sinking ever deeper a mire of escapism but Richard Candle, looking for his missing brother, fights his way through the real world of underground stock markets, flying guns, the trash-walled labyrinth of Rooftown and the fringe of the fringe
Constantine by John Shirley( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Renegade occultist and paranormal detective John Constantine teams up with skeptical L.A. policewoman Angela Dodson to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister
Resident evil, retribution : the official movie novelization by John Shirley( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead
Living shadows : stories new and preowned by John Shirley( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first section contains nonfantastic accounts of the darker side of humanity, including the quietly creepy The Sewing Room, in which a woman discovers that her husband is a serial killer and is tormented by her conflicting responsibilities to her family and to justice, and Seven Knives, a brutal tale born from the author's experiences of moral bankruptcy and narcissism in Hollywood. In the second section are stories with fantastic elements
Grimm : the icy touch by John Shirley( Book )
9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and German and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Back in the 19th century a Wesen and a Grimm fight to the death. The Grimm wins, but the Wesen's son escapes and vows revenge. In the present day, Captain Renard sends Nick and Hank to investigate an international crime cartel named "Le Touche Givre" (The Icy Touch). They discover this deadly gang is run by Wesen, and is involved in various illegal activities, including forced prostitution and drug pushing. As they close in on the gang, Nick begins to realise that their charismatic and dangerous leader is just as intent on tracking him down
Black butterflies : a flock on the dark side by John Shirley( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New Cthulhu : the recent weird by Elizabeth/ Gaiman, Neil/ Kiernan, Caitlin R./ Laidlaw, Marc/ Langan, John Bear( )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the early twenty-first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction--bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters--eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing."--Page 4 of cover
Searchers after horror : new tales of the weird and fantastic ( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of weird and fantastic fiction edited by S.T. Joshi
Doom : a novelization by John Shirley( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and German and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A team of elite space marines travels to a distant planet to battle demonic monsters
Really, really, really, really weird stories by John Shirley( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirty-seven short stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, erotica, and suspense
The Other End by John Shirley( )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Do you ever feel you'd like to reboot the world? Do you ever think that the human world is hopelessly out of balance, blighted, off track, and the only hope is some kind of apocalypse, some sort of "Judgment Day with justice" that would allow the human race to start over--without, ah, certain people? You know you don't want--and can't believe in--the usual Judgment Days that are predicted and ballyhooed by hysterical, superstitious people. But when you look around at the world as it stands you see Darfur, you see Somalia and the Congo, you see the modern slavery of indentured servitude, you see children sold into prostitution, you see millions starving, you see mindless wars, you see people you care about dying of Alzheimer's and children dying of cancer and millions of others trapped in schizophrenia or living lives of media-hypnotized desperation... And you know that it's only going to get worse. This can't go on; something has to change. What if you could change it? What if you could design your own Judgment Day? Not a Judgment Day based on childish interpretations of religion, on bias and cultural narrowness... What if you could design a Judgment Day, for the whole world--one that offers real Justice? What would it be like? In John Shirley's novel, THE OTHER END, a wave of light shatters the world's assumptions; human behavior takes a sudden unexpected turn. Swift, a newspaper reporter, has to find his missing daughter in a panicking world even as something from Every Where makes millions of people suddenly look inward. And looking inward, strangely, takes them outward again... And then come the Adjustors. Who are they? Where exactly are they from? They say they're not angels, or aliens...Then who are they? The usual End Timers offer one End of the World as We Know It... John Shirley's courageous, genuinely risky new novel offers the other end. The other end of the ideological spectrum; the other end of the world. Does it involve...aliens? No. Does it involve God? Not really--but then, it depends on your definition. John Shirley, the award-winning author of DEMONS, IN DARKNESS WAITING, CELLARS, A SPLENDID CHAOS, ECLIPSE, BLACK BUTTERFLIES, and so much more gives us a totally unexpected Judgment Day. Something is coming, to near-future Earth--to the whole world. Something is coming that will finally give the human race the chance it never had bring it to THE OTHER END
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Alternative Names
John Shirley
Shirley, John
Shirley, John P. 1953-
Shirley, John Patrick 1953-
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English (119)
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