"Duncan could turn out to be a major talent in the making."
—Gardner Dozois, The Year's Best Science Fiction (St. Martin's, 1997)



Andy Duncan has attracted attention from the most prominent personae in speculative fiction, and deservedly so. This collection includes Hugo- and Nebula-nominated stories, as well as two never-before-published. The Hugo-nominated title piece spins the tale of John the guitarist and his exploits after he refuses to disembark the train at Hell, and travels to the next station, Beluthahatchie. In this and other stories Duncan delights us with his command of southern patois, as befits a native of South Carolina. Other topics include the actress that survived the Titanic, and her role in the subsequent film, with "ghostly" editing. A backstage look at a 1920s horror theater is the setting for "Grand Guignol." What would be the training and concerns for an executioner in "The Executioners' Guild?" Romances in the graveyard and in the studio are visited in "The Premature Burials" and in "Liza and the Crazy Water Man." How would Patton react, if he knew the future consequences of his actions? Was Sam Doyle correct, and did Abraham Lincoln visit Frogmore? These and others will vividly illuminate the melange of Duncan's writing.

Plus, there are 7,500 words of never-before-published author's notes, a Foreword by Nebula-winner Michael Bishop, an Afterword by Nebula-winner John Kessel, and cover art by Hugo-winner Bob Eggleton.



Winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Single-Author Collection of the Year!


Cloth, ISBN 0-9655901-1-9
Book #10

Out of Print



  • Read the Publishers Weekly review

  • Read the Locus Magazine reviews

  • Read the Kansas City Star review

  • Read Paul J. McAuley's review in Interzone

  • Read the Strange Horizons review

  • Read the SciFi Weekly review

  • Read the Infinity Plus review

  • Read the Infinity Plus Andy Duncan interview

  • Read the SciFi Dimensions review

  • Listen to the Andy Duncan interview on SciFi Dimentions (requires RealPlayer)


  • Read the complete text of novelette "Lincoln in Frogmore," nominated for the 2001 Nebula Awards preliminary ballot

  • Read the complete 2000 Nebula-nominated story "Fortitude"

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