Settling the World: Selected Stories 1969-2019

M. John Harrison’s stories traverse the spaces between genres – horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing. Here, in a landmark collection of his finest short fiction from over 30 years of writing, we see the master of the New Wave present extraordinarily strange, surreal and poignant tales. Harrison is truly a writer in a league of his own and the handpicked stories in this collection showcase his most interesting, eerie and exhilarating stories to date. 

Introduced by Jennifer Hodgson. 



‘The wit and effortless elegance of the writing are impeccable.’ - Ursula K Le Guin, The Guardian

‘Harrison’s most interesting work picks and chooses multiple genres, mixing them into fictional brews of dreamlike intensity that can haunt your mind for days after reading them...  a master of what Mark Fisher has termed the “weird and the eerie”.’ - The White Review

‘M. John Harrison’s sentences have the power to leave the world about you unsteadied; glowing and perforated in strange ways.’ - Robert Macfarlane

‘[A] quiet giant of British writing... extraordinarily flexible prose. It’s restrained and luminous...’ - The Daily Telegraph

Read an interview with M John Harrison ahead of his 2020 releases at SFX Magazine.

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25 Jun 2020

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M. John Harrison

M. John Harrison is the author of eleven novels (including In Viriconium, The Course of the Heart and Light), …
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