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McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (2004)

by Michael Chabon (Editor)

Other authors: Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Poppy Z. Brite (Contributor), Charles D'Ambrosio (Contributor), Roddy Doyle (Contributor), Steve Erickson (Contributor)11 more, Daniel Handler (Contributor), Heidi Julavits (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), China Miéville (Contributor), Mike Mignola (Illustrator), David Mitchell (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Jason Roberts (Contributor), Peter Straub (Contributor), Ayelet Waldman (Contributor)

Series: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

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Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more! Margaret Atwood- Lusus Naturae David Mitchell- What You Do Not Know You Want Jonathan Lethem- Vivian Relf Ayelet Waldman - Minnow Steve Erickson- Zeroville Stephen King- Lisey and the Madman Jason Roberts - 7C Heidi Julavits- The Miniaturist Roddy Doyle - The Child Daniel Handler - Delmonico Charles D’Ambrosio - The Scheme of Things Poppy Z. Brite - The Devil of Delery Street China Mieville- Reports of Certain Events in London Joyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi–a del Mar Peter Straub - Mr. Aickman’s Air Rifle… (more)
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Reasonably creepy stories. Few scares. ( )
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Lots of great authors in this collection! I enjoyed reading "Lisey and the Madman" by Stephen King, and being able to see this piece of what would later become the book "Lisey's Story", King's favorite of the novels he has written! "7C" by Jason Roberts is indeed weird, which is apropos as the blurb above the beginning states that it won an award for "Weird Short Story"! It's so weird in fact, that I didn't even really understand it! Does that qualify as "astonishing"? Well, judge for yourself! ( )
1 vote Stahl-Ricco | Aug 26, 2017 |
McSweeny’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories is more or less a snoozefest, ranging from the lackluster with potential (D’Ambrossio, Mieville- I know many love the Mieville but I found it to have inconsistent pacing and a glaring lack of tension) to the entirely unenthralling (Handler, Brite, Letham), from the tedious (Doyle, Erickson) to the unfinished (Straub), and, of course, the predictable (Julavits, Waldman). The stories from the heavy-hitters (Atwood, King, Mitchell, Oates) are all engaging and enjoyable, but the real star of this collection is Jason Roberts’ incredibly inventive 7c. And something must be said for the wide variety in this collection in terms of subgenre- no two stories are the same brand of suspense, and, in this way, Michael Chabon is successful in his project of challenging what exactly ‘genre’ means. Too bad 2/3rds of this collection turned out to be astonishingly boring. ( )
2 vote verkakte | Apr 5, 2016 |
this book was my bible all summer of 2006. i felt small and incomplete without it. i discovered these people: ayelet waldman, kelly link, jason roberts, and poppy z. brite. the atwood, d'ambrosio, and oates are gorgeous, as well. now, when i look at the book on my shelf, i feel warm.

i think i'm searching for these stories all over the place - the fabulous, the surreal, the ghosty-headed - but still literary. still full of something else entirely.

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1 vote usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
this book was my bible all summer of 2006. i felt small and incomplete without it. i discovered these people: ayelet waldman, kelly link, jason roberts, and poppy z. brite. the atwood, d'ambrosio, and oates are gorgeous, as well. now, when i look at the book on my shelf, i feel warm.

i think i'm searching for these stories all over the place - the fabulous, the surreal, the ghosty-headed - but still literary. still full of something else entirely.

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1 vote usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
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Chabon, MichaelEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brite, Poppy Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Ambrosio, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, RoddyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erickson, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Handler, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Julavits, HeidiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lethem, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miéville, ChinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mignola, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straub, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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I suppose there is something appealing about a word that everyone uses with absolute confidence but on whose exact meaning no two people can agree. -- From the Introduction by Michael Chabon
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Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more! Margaret Atwood- Lusus Naturae David Mitchell- What You Do Not Know You Want Jonathan Lethem- Vivian Relf Ayelet Waldman - Minnow Steve Erickson- Zeroville Stephen King- Lisey and the Madman Jason Roberts - 7C Heidi Julavits- The Miniaturist Roddy Doyle - The Child Daniel Handler - Delmonico Charles D’Ambrosio - The Scheme of Things Poppy Z. Brite - The Devil of Delery Street China Mieville- Reports of Certain Events in London Joyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi–a del Mar Peter Straub - Mr. Aickman’s Air Rifle

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Anthology of literary horror and speculative fiction, edited by Michael Chabon. Collects the following works:



"Lusus Naturae" by Margaret Atwood

"Zeroville" by Steve Erickson

"Vivian Relf" by Jonathan Lethem

"Reports of Certain Evens in London" by China Miéville

"What You Do Not Know You Want" by David Mitchell

"The Fabled Light-house at Viña del Mar" by Joyce Carol Oates

"The Child" by Roddy Doyle

"Lisey and the Madman" by Stephen King

"The Miniaturist" by Heidi Julavits

"The Scheme of Things" by Charles D'Ambrosio

"7C" by Jason Roberts

"Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle" by Peter Straub

"Minnow" by Avelet Waldman

"The Devil of Delery Street" by Poppy Z. Brite

"Delmonico" by Daniel Handler
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