Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired Out of Body, a new dark fantasy novella that explores the very real phenomenon of out of body experiences from award-winning author Jeffrey Ford.
“As always, it’s a pleasure to work with the great, Ellen Datlow, and Tor.com Publishing, who did such a wonderful job with my previous novella, The Twilight Pariah. The story deals with the drawbacks and attributes of “invisibility,” the allure and repulsion of voyeurism, and deadly secrets. There is also a focus on the act of bearing witness to other people’s joy and suffering, and to being powerless to intervene in that suffering. Three works that influenced my research into this story, since they had protagonists that were silent witnesses to others’ lives were the film, Wings of Desire, a rare screenplay by Sartre, The Chips Are Down, and the role of the “witness” in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a disembodied spirit who watches and sees America becoming.”
“I look forward to everything Jeff writes, so to be the first person to read a new piece of work by him is always exciting. Jeff’s an expert at creating believable, sympathetic characters and interesting villains, often tossing them into improbable situations. We hope you’ll enjoy this new piece of fiction by him.”
Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, The Shadow Year, and Ahab’s Return; or The Last Voyage. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly 20 languages worldwide. Ford is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Hayakawa Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire. He lives in Ohio in a hundred and twenty-year-old farm house surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.