Published: February 9th, 2015
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Over the course of his career, Jack Cady won the Bram Stoker Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, a special award from the International Horror Guild, the Atlantic Monthly "First" award, the Iowa Prize for Short Fiction, the National Library Anthology Award, and the Washington State Governor's Award. Cady's keen and profound insight into the collective psyche of the modern world—both from a narrative standpoint and from a critical cultural analysis—are captured in this collection.

Phantoms includes his scathing critique of wartime politics and how these national policies are indelibly tied to the simple act of paying taxes ("Dear Friends"), to a modern parable of the frustrating nature of Satan's job ("The Parable of Satan's Adversary"), to a romp through science experiments gone awry ("The Twenty-Pound Canary"). The world is filled with ghosts, but to Jack Cady, these phantoms are vital aspects of who we are. His stories never lose sight of the marvelous mystery of the fantastic.

  • Introduction by Patrick Swenson
  • "Dear Friends . . ."
  • "The Parable of Satan's Adversary"
  • "Our Ground and Every Fragrant Tree is Shaded"
  • "Ride The Thunder"
  • "The Ghost of Dive Bomber Hill"
  • "The Souls of Drowned Mountains"
  • "Miss Molly's Manners"
  • "Now We Are Fifty"
  • "Seven Sisters"
  • "The Twenty-Pound Canary"
  • "The Art of a Lady"
  • "Weird Row"
  • "Tattoo"
  • "Tinker"
  • "Kilroy Was Here"
  • "Poetry Makes Nothing Happen"

Phantoms is the second volume in the Cady Collection.

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Jack Cady (d. 2004) was an award winning fantasist and horror writer. During his career, he won the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. He taught writing at various academic institutions including the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. He was a conscientious objector during the Korean War, a member of the U. S. Coast Guard in Maine, a truck driver, an auctioneer, a landscaper, and a fervent believer in the value of history as a tool to understanding both politics and writing.