The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (Paperback)

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How wonderful to find that one of your favorite authors (Kij Johnson, At the Mouth of the River of BeesThe Fox Woman) loves H P Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath as much as you do! Johnson’s pastiche brings back Lovecraft’s zugs and ghouls and moon-cats, now imagined inside-out, where dream Kadath is the real world, and the human waking world a far-away, legendary place. The quest Vellitt Boe undertakes to find the human world redeems the original work of its misogyny and racism, and reminds us of just how strange our own ordinary reality can be. Highly recommended. – David

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Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award

About the Author


KIJ JOHNSON is an American fantasy writer noted for her adaptations of Japanese myths and folklore. Her Tor.com story "Ponies" won the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Her story "Fox Magic" won the 1994 Theodore Sturgeon Award, her novel "The Fox Woman" won the Crawford Award for best debut fantasy novel, and her subsequent novel "Fudoki" was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was cited by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the best fantasy novels of its year. She is also an associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765391414
ISBN-10: 0765391414
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English