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The Best Short Stories of Cliff Burns (1985-2009)

A selection of the best short fiction by Canadian cult writer, Cliff Burns

I have well over 100 published short stories to my credit and you can also toss in appearances in fifteen major anthologies around the world (including a number of “Best Of…” volumes). I love the short story format and coming back to it this summer after spending the four years previous working on my "Ilium" novel cycle was exciting and inspiring.

I think you’ll find a good cross-section of my work in this selection of tales, culled from the past 25 years…and also get some idea as to why one commentator referred to my particular and unique oeuvre as "Twilight Zone on acid stories".

My influences include the likes of Philip K. Dick, Jorge Luis Borges, William S. Burroughs, Harlan Ellison, David Cronenberg and Terry Gilliam. Depending on who you ask, I’m a surrealist, a fabulist…or you can take the word of Governor-General Award winning author Timothy Findley, who called my work “the literary equivalent of Far Side cartoons”.

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