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The Empire of Ice Cream

The Empire of Ice Cream

(2006)
A collection of stories by

 
Mixing the mundane with the metaphysical, the pairings of the everyday and the extraordinary in this collection of short fiction yield supernatural results—a young musician perceives another world while drinking coffee, a fairy chronicles his busy life in a sandcastle during the changing tide, a demonic 16th-century chess set shows up in a New Jersey bar, and Charon, the boatman of hell, takes a few days vacation. Storylines both conventional and outlandish reveal humdrum routines as menacing, or imaginary worlds as perfectly familiar. Allusions to authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne reinforce the fantasy tradition in these tales, while understated humor and moments of sadness add a quirky unpredictability. Also included is the previously unpublished novella, "Botch Town," a coming-of-age story about a boy on Long Island whose family and friends live ordinary lives under threats both real and imagined. Each story is followed by a brief afterword that details its genesis.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Empire of Ice Cream
Author(s): Jeffrey Ford
ISBN: 1-930846-39-8 / 978-1-930846-39-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Empire of Ice Cream
Author(s): Jeffrey Ford
ISBN: 1-930846-58-4 / 978-1-930846-58-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Empire of Ice Cream: Stories
Author(s): Jeffrey Ford
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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