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Exploring Dark Short Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford

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Author of the fantastic and the bizarre, Jeffrey Ford’s work has won awards and acclaim across the globe for his stories of humor, horror, and unconventional beauty. “Powerful and disturbing in the best possible way” (Gawker) and “Intensely engaging” (Publishers Weekly), Ford crosses speculative genres with literary ideals, which has earned him the World Fantasy Award (seven times), the Shirley Jackson Award (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and France’s vaunted Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the fourth in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the extraordinary voice of Jeffrey Ford, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

  • Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
  • Author interview
  • Complete bibliography
  • Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
  • . . . and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Jeffrey Ford.


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  Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-11-1   Edited by Eric J. Guignard  
  Trade Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9989383-8-7   Short Fiction authored by Jeffrey Ford  
  ebook ISBN-13: 978-0-9989383-9-4   Commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD  
  Library of Congress Control Number: 2019941000   Illustrated by Michelle Prebich  
  First edition published September 9, 2019   Published by Dark Moon Books  
  Number of pages: 234 (about 59,500 words)   Made in the United States of America  
  Cataloged at ISFDB here      
  * Download the Press Release HERE! *  
  Literary accouterments and beautiful storylines... Jeffrey Ford is a master of the short tale.”   The Big Thrill Magazine  
  Ford is one of the most skilful tellers of speculative fiction you’ll ever encounter.   Aurealis Magazine (issue #126)  
  An excellent writer whose influences go far beyond the genre <constraints>.   Postcards From a Dying World  

• Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
• Fiction Stories by Jeffrey Ford
   o   A Natural History of Autumn
   o   Malthusian’s Zombie
   o   Boatman’s Holiday
   o   The Night Whiskey
   o   A Night in the Tropics
   o   Incorruptible


• About Jeffrey Ford (A Biography)
• Essay: Why Jeffrey Ford Matters
• In Conversation with Jeffrey Ford
Scratching the Surface: An Essay by Jeffrey Ford
A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Jeffrey Ford
• Academic Commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD
• Illustrations by Michelle Prebich


Jeffrey Ford

Author, Jeffrey Ford


Jeffrey Ford is an American writer in the fantastic genre tradition, although his works have spanned genres including fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. His work is characterized by a sweeping imaginative power, humor, literary allusion, and a fascination with tales told within tales. He is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he studied with the novelist John Gardner.

He is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, The Shadow Year, The Twilight Pariah, and Ahab’s Return. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell.

He is the recipient of seven World Fantasy Awards, a Nebula, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, four Shirley Jackson Awards, a Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, and a Hayakawa Award. Ford’s fiction has been translated into twenty languages.

In addition to writing, he’s been a professor of literature and writing for thirty years and has been a guest lecturer at Clarion Writing Workshop, The Stone Coast MFA Program, The Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and the Antioch University Writing Workshop.

He lives in Ohio in a 120-year-old farmhouse, surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches writing part-time at Ohio Wesleyan University.

For more, visit his webpage at: www.well-builtcity.com.

Jeffrey's bibliography (through March, 2019) is listed here: A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Jeffrey Ford.

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Jeffrey Ford