An Evil Guest

Gene Wolfe

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Lovecraft meets Blade Runner in a stand-alone supernatural horror novel. Gene Wolfe can write in whatever genre he wants—and always with superb style and profound depth. Now following his World Fantasy Award winner, Soldier of Sidon, and his stunning Pirate Freedom, Wolfe turns to the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft and the weird science tale of supernatural horror.

Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is the story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious private detective and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, a man who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided—perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. The rich man is the angel of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils. As Lovecraft said, “That is not dead which can eternal lie.”

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Chapter One

Washington

They sat at ease in the Oval Office. Had the president looked at his guest, he would have seen a handsome, ageless man, dark-haired, with a smooth oval face and a flawless olive complexion. Had he looked into this man's eyes, he would have seen the night looking out through a mask; it was because he had looked there once-and had not liked what he had seen-that he did not look again.

Had the president's guest looked at him, he would have seen a lean and hard-faced man of sixty-three who might have been a farmer or a county agent.

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Gene Wolfe lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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An Evil Guest
Gene Wolfe

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Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765321343
ISBN10: 0765321343
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$14.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
June 2012
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765360977
ISBN10: 0765360977
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429933537
ISBN10: 1429933534
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$9.99
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