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 an anguished reaction to a world caught on the cusp of change during the 1970s (“Birds”), 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, author of The Ultra Thin Man
“A remarkable talent for translating familiar life rhythms of ordinary people into moving and meaningful writing . . . his style is direct, simple, and natural.”
“Jack Cady’s knack for golden sentences is an alchemy any other writer has to admire.”
“An exceptional writer.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
“His structural control and the laconic richness of his style establish Cady in the front ranks of contemporary writers.”
“A writer of great, unmistakable integrity and profound feeling.”
“[Jack Cady is] a lasting voice in modern American literature.”