Richard Calder

Richard Calder - novels

Simon & Schuster, UK, 1999

Four Walls, Eight Windows, US, 2003

The Twist
Simon & Schuster, UK, 1999; forthcoming from Four Walls Eight Windows, US, Winter 2003

'Think Robert Coover crossed with Jack Womack, Lucius Shepard, and film director Jim Jarmusch, and you have the faintest inkling of Calder's distinctive accomplishment with this book If I had to pick a single author to match Calder's effect, I'd choose Michael Moorcock. Like Moorcock, Calder is at ease cutting and restitching the gladrags of pop culture, highlighting the fruitful contradictions and disturbing conjunctions of his patchwork creation Any reader even a little weary of rationalist SF that tries to polish up the cosmically ineffable into shiny Hugo Awards owes it to themselves to clamour for more of Calder '

'Old West, Gothic grotesquery, mid-(alternate)-20th-century conformist stodginess and outsider ventures into the wild side, you'll find them all here, along with elements of pulp SF infused with love, death, Schadenfreude - the whole shebang What had begun as a quirky, campy romp through Gothic/Romantic regions suffused with 20th-century pop culture manages to develop its own strange eloquence '

'A truly glorious romp a gem.'

'The novel is original and strong, and portrays a pseudo-Gothic town of Tombstone that has been overrun with Venusians who are attempting to steal the souls of its human inhabitants. There is not much of a plot, but that does not matter - this is a giddy, baroque journey into something new and exciting, and what the novel lacks in pace it makes up for in style. Calder's characters are well drawn and the environments well realized. The Twist constructs a detailed and fascinating setting for an innovative science fantasy of a type that rarely appears.'
'The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction' edited by George Mann