by Justin Isis
Introduction by Quentin S. Crisp
Publication Date: 12th January, 2011
Paperback, 356 pages, 8.0 x 5.25 x 0.8 inches
I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like is a collection of obsessive and yet crystalline stories set in contemporary Japan, written with savvy that is flawlessly streetwise, literary and metaphysically profound all at once.
From the back cover copy: “If a deracinated Oscar Wilde or Villiers de L’isle-Adam were transported from Europe at the end of the nineteenth century to Japan at the beginning of the twenty-first, their aesthetic ecstasies and mystical revelations might involve otherworldly street fashion, animistic consumerism and mantis-like sexual encounters. This is the world of I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like – a landscape of crystalline obsession where beauty and terror collide. In these ten stories, Justin Isis weighs miniaturised epiphanies of artificial paradise against the immense bleakness of the post-Copernican universe.”
1 I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like Unauthorized Egg Model Book Cover
3 Manami’s Hair
4 The Garden of Sleep
5 I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like
6 The Quest for Chinese People
7 A Design for Life
8 I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like Etc.
9 The Eye of the Living Is No Warmth
10 A Thread from Heaven
About The Author
Justin Isis is a young and brilliant writer who has already garnered praise and admiration from such legendary figures as Thomas Ligotti and Jeremy Reed. The plot of one of his stories (‘Some Notes on the Artwork of Chris Wilhelm’) will serve as the inspiration behind a feature-length film currently being developed by award-winning Malaysian filmmaker Edmund Yeo with the aid of the Torino Film Lab.
I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like is his debut collection. He currently lives in Japan.
What People Say
“I love these stories for their fractionally off-world message that is always vitally, sexily modern.”
Jeremy Reed, poet and novelist
“Justin Isis is a genius and an inspiration. I’ve said so before; and I’ll say it again.”
Mark Samuels, author of Glyphotech and Other Macabre Processes
“…a disarmingly masterful first collection of stories… admirably captivating narratives.”
Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
“… the best collection of short fiction I can recall reading from a first time writer…”