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Bleak History

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Already optioned for feature film, an original dark and gritty urban fantasy novel from acclaimed and award-winning author John Shirley!

In near-future New York City, bounty hunter Gabriel Bleak, a man blessed and cursed with the ability to communicate with the dead, is relentlessly hunted by a clandestine government organization with mysterious links to his past. Now Bleak and the Shadow Community—a slowly growing underground group with supernatural abilities—must uncover the looming danger brought about by those at the upper echelons of power, or else risk a return to the dark ages...where an unimaginable evil awaits.

Vivid, surreal, and suspenseful, Bleak History is an intensely thrilling read from an author whose stories "give off the chill of top-grade horror" (The New York Times Book Review).

About The Author

John Shirley is the author of many novels, including Borderlands: The Fallen, Borderlands: Unconquered, Bioshock: Rapture, Demons, Crawlers, In Darkness Waiting, City Come A-Walkin', and Eclipse, as well as the Bram-Stoker-award winning collection Black Butterflies and Living Shadows. His newest novels are the urban fantasy Bleak History and the cyberpunk thriller Black Glass. Also a television and movie scripter, Shirley was co-screenwriter of The Crow. Most recently he has adapted Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia for the screen. His authorized fan-created website is and official blog is

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (August 18, 2009)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416584124

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