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Shirley, John 1953-

Works: 181 works in 531 publications in 8 languages and 10,040 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Action and adventure films  Superhero films  Fantasy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fantasy fiction  Film adaptations  Science fiction television programs  Action and adventure television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Translator
Classifications: PS3569.H558, 813.54
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The crow by Brandon Lee( Visual )

62 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exactly one year after a young rock guitarist and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, he returns, watched over by a hypnotic crow, to seek revenge
Wetbones : a novel by John Shirley( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 585 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 & rsquo;s real motives will emerge into hideous view, along with soul-consuming astral creatures camouflaging themselves behind greed, the seduction of Hollywood power & mdash;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 & mdash;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 & mdash;the residue of his latest sensuous atrocity with Constance, they & rsquo;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 )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 370 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 )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something insidious is unleashed when a nanotechnology project goes horrifically wrong. Advertising. Author publicity
Star trek, Deep Space Nine by Avery Brooks( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orbiting the liberated planet of Bajor, a Federation space station guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the Galaxy
Bioshock : rapture by John Shirley( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 333 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
Superman IV : the quest for peace( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel, the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash and Superman saves the Statue of Liberty, repulses a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuilds the demolished Great Wall of China and performs many more spectacular feats
Halo : broken circle by John Shirley( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2"--
Gurdjieff : an introduction to his life and ideas by John Shirley( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 281 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."--Jacket
A splendid chaos : an interplanetary fantasy by John Shirley( Book )

8 editions published between 1900 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bleak history : a novel by John Shirley( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 246 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
Everything is broken by John Shirley( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 206 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!
Resident evil, retribution : the official movie novelization by John Shirley( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead
Eclipse : a song called youth-- book one by John Shirley( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World War III has finally happened. We won, but the price was too high--the great cities of Europe are dead, and no one wants to claim the survivors. When NATO turns over the wreckage to a supposedly neutral security force, the New Resistance is born
Black butterflies : a flock on the dark side by John Shirley( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Black glass : the lost cyberpunk novel by John Shirley( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 187 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
Grimm : the icy touch by John Shirley( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 179 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
Constantine by John Shirley( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hidden from mortal eyes are the angels and demons that coexist with mankind...supernatural beings who seek to influence our lives for better and for worse. Amoral and irreverant renegade occultist and paranormal detective John Constantine is blessed and cursed with the ability to interact with this secret world. When Constantine teams up with skeptical L.A. policewoman Angela Dodson to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation catapults them into a catstrophic series of otherworldly events--even as the forces of Hell conspire against Constantine to claim his immortal soul."--Back cover
Searchers after horror : new tales of the weird and fantastic by S. T Joshi( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of weird and fantastic fiction edited by S.T. Joshi
Living shadows : stories new and preowned by John Shirley( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 149 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
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Audience level: 0.27 (from 0.12 for Wetbones : ... to 0.73 for Dear Kiel ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Wetbones : a novelDemonsCrawlersBioshock : raptureGurdjieff : an introduction to his life and ideasBleak history : a novelEclipse : a song called youth-- book oneBlack butterflies : a flock on the dark side
Alternative Names
John Shirley

John Shirley Amerikaans schrijver

John Shirley amerikansk författare, manusförfattare och musiker

John Shirley amerikansk skribent, manusforfattar og musikar

John Shirley amerikansk skribent, manusforfatter og musiker

John Shirley amerikansk skribent, manuskriptforfatter og musiker

John Shirley écrivain américain

John Shirley escritor estadounidense

John Shirley scriitor american

John Shirley scrittore e sceneggiatore statunitense

John Shirley US-amerikanischer Science-Fiction-Autor, Punk-Musiker und -texter sowie Drehbuchautor

John Shirley yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Shirley, John

Shirley, John P. 1953-

Shirley, John Patrick 1953-

Джон Ширли

Джон Ширлі

Шерли Дж

Шерли Дж. 1953-

Ширли Дж. П

Ширли Дж. П. 1953-

ג'ון שירלי

ג'ון שירלי מוזיקאי אמריקאי

جان شرلی نویسنده، فیلمنامه‌نویس، و موسیقی‌دان آمریکایی

셜리, 존 1953-

シャーリー, ジョン


English (180)

Spanish (10)

German (5)

French (3)

Italian (3)

Japanese (2)

Korean (1)

Czech (1)