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The People's Republic of Everything

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29 August 2018
"[Mamatas] is the People's Commissar of Awesome." - China Mieville, author of Embassytown

Welcome to the People's Republic of Everything - of course, you've been here for a long time already. Make yourself at home alongside a hitman who always tells the truth, no matter how reality has to twist itself to suit; electric matchstick girls who have teamed up with Friedrich Engels; a telepathic boy and his father's homemade nuclear bomb; a very bad date that births an unforgettable meme; and a dog who simply won't stop howling on social media.

The People's Republic of Everything features a decade's worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction, and the author's preferred text of the acclaimed short novel Under My Roof.
By:   Nick Mamatas
Introduction by:   Jeffrey Ford, Jeffrey Ford, Jeffrey Ford
Imprint:   TACHYON
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781616963002
ISBN 10:   161696300X
Pages:   332
Publication Date:   29 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction by Jeffrey Ford Walking with a Ghost Arbeitskraft The People's Republic of Everywhere and Everything Tom Silex, Spirit-Smasher The Great Armored Train The Phylactery Slice of Life North Shore Friday The Glottal Stop The Spook School A Howling Dog Lab Rat Dreamer of the Day We Never Sleep Under My Roof

Nick Mamatas is the author of seven novels, including Love is the Law, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, and many other venues. Nick is also an anthologist; his books include the Bram Stoker Award winner Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow), the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan (both co-edited with Masumi Washington), and Mixed Up (co-edited with Molly Tanzer). His fiction and editorial work has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and International Horror Guild Awards. Mamatas lives in Oakland, California.

Reviews for The People's Republic of Everything

Mamatas is a powerfully acerbic writer, both in fiction and online. His acid wit is infamous. --Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Walkaway Praise for I Am Providence [STARRED REVIEW] A great choice for readers who enjoyed Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country; those who liked the dark humor, mystery, and speculative elements in Ben H. Winters' The Last Policeman trilogy; and anyone who has ever been part of a fandom. --Booklist Mamatas provides a heartfelt homage to Lovecraft lore, perfectly captures the antics of conventioneers, and comments on the cutthroat politics of online publishing and the recent discussions of Lovecraft's bigoted views. --Publishers Weekly Mamatas knows his subject inside and out, and that makes I Am Providence all the more cutting . . . I Am Providence is pointed social commentary wrapped in a bilious in-joke--but one that's more than worth getting in on. --NPR Anyone who has ever skirted the world of obsessive devotees will find a lot to enjoy in this funny homage to horror and its leading practitioner. --Library Journal While the novel places one foot in Lovecraft's oeuvre, Mamatas revels in the unfurling tentacles of his narrative, which is a many-toothed, many-eyed beast all its own. --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Mamatas is sharp but fair, never mocking Lovecraft fans, but pulling the veil reveals the complexities of fandom for the late writer. --The Verge Just what I'd expect from Nick Mamatas: sharp wit, biting but humane social commentary, and, for the romantics among us, a faceless narrator decomposing at the morgue. --Matt Ruff, author of Bad Monkeys and Lovecraft Country Dark and hilarious. . . I Am Providence is that murder-mystery-in-a-writers-convention you didn't even know you wanted, but (like the human skin-bound book which propels the plot) you really must buy. --Lavie Tidhar, author of Osama and Central Station An astonishingly timely book . . . The murder-mystery-at-a-convention is a venerable subgenre. The best of them combine solid mystery stories anyone can enjoy with a dash of in-jokes, cameos, and thinly veiled versions of figures in the field to assume those in the know. I Am Providence is among those best. --Locus Its title taken from the epitaph on Lovecraft's gravestone, I Am Providence is vintage Mamatas: funny, compassionate, creepy, and satirical as it dramatizes the absurdities of fandom, publishing, and literary criticism. --East Bay Express Dark and funny, a fantastic mix of horror and mystery. It pokes fun at tropes--both meta or otherwise--and successfully skewers some of the more ridiculous aspects of the publishing industry. --LitReactor On Under My Roof (Now featured in The People's Republic of Everything) [STARRED REVIEW] A big-bang ending caps the fast-paced novel, and there's much fun to be had watching Mamatas merrily skewer his targets. --Publishers Weekly What about the Great American Suburban Novel? Somewhere in there, as of now, you almost have to include Nick Mamatas' Under My Roof, an oddball, occasionally hilarious, surprisingly wise and out-and-out subversive little pocket-nuke of a book. --San Diego Union Tribune On Sensation Nick Mamatas continues his reign as the sharpest, funniest, most insightful and political purveyor of post-pulp pleasures going. He is the People's Commissar of Awesome. --China Mieville, bestselling author of The City & the City On The Damned Highway The book is incredibly entertaining and, aside from a strange turn towards the end, is a great trip through a fictional history of the 1972 presidential elections. --HorrorTalk [A] a clever, disturbing, and absurd (in the best sense) mash-up of Lovecraft and Hunter S. Thompson that made our recommended gift list for the year. --Weird Fiction Review

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