Fiction. In Java, a master of the shadow-puppet theater seeks to possess—by his art—a woman, who perishes as though by the contagion of his unnatural desire. SHADOWPLAY is a meditation on story-telling as an act of seizure, a parable of obsession and of the danger of confounding the real with its representations. "[A] journey as delicious as it is threatening"—R.M. Berry. "[Lock's] prose is melodial, and alert to every signal from the unseen"—Gary Lutz. "Wise up and get all you can of Lock"—Gordon Lish. "All hail Lock, whose narrative soul sings fairy tales..."—Kate Bernheimer. "Lock channels...our gorgeous desolation, our longing for connection, both earthly and divine"—Dawn Raffel.
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Norman Lock is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as stage and radio plays, including The House of Correction (Broadway Play Publishing, 1988), A History of the Imagination (FC2, 2004), Land of the Snowmen (Calamari Press, 2005), The Long Rowing unto Morning (Ravenna Press, 2007), The King of Sweden (Ravenna Press, 2009), SHADOWPLAY (Ellipsis Press, 2009), GRIM TALES (Mud Luscious Press, 2011), and PIECES FOR SMALL ORCHESTRA & OTHER FICTIONS (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011). He is a recipient of the Aga Kahn Prize given by The Paris Review, prose fellowships awarded by both the New Jersey and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and, in 2011, a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Aberdeen, New Jersey, with his wife, Helen.Author City: Aberdeen, NJ USA