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Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment

Venera Dreams

“Insanely brilliant … wildly entertaining” – Barnes & Noble Book Club

forthcoming from MiroLand / Guernica Editions (August 2017)

Somewhere in the Mediterranean lies the mysterious archipelago of Venera, a city-state drenched in erotic romanticism, fuelled by atavistic ritual, and suffused with surreal adventure and intrigue. Outside forces repeatedly attempt to steal its most closely guarded treasure: the secret of the sacred spice vermilion, and its power to alter consciousness and perhaps even reality. Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment chronicles the city-state’s mythic history through antiquity, Roman times, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, the twentieth century, the present, and the far future.


overture: Bedtime Stories

part 1 ~ Strange Romances

  • The City of Unrequited Dreams
  • Xandra’s Brine
  • At the World Tree Hotel
  • The Venera Fantasy Convention

interlude: Vermilion Dreams: The Complete Works of Bram Jameson

part 2 ~ Adventures in Times Past

  • The Hecate Centuria
  • The Secret Dragon of Imperial Power
  • Agents of the Vermilion Eye
  • The Surrealist Lanterns

interlude: The Phantasmagorical Odysseys of Scheherazade

part 3 ~ The Secret Histories of Magus Amore

  • The Subterranean Odyssey of Magus Amore
  • Adventures in Crypto-alchemy: The Golden Cryptograph
  • The Thirteenth Goddess
  • Vermilion Wine

Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes

published by Infinity Plus (2013)
introduction by Garry Kilworth
Translated in Serbian by Nataša Miljković as Nokturni (Književna radionica Rašić/Partizanska knjiga  2016)

Serbian-language edition

Serbian edition

Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes

“His stories are always sad and melancholy, but they hit you deep, and their effect remains long after you finish the last page. Highly recommended.” – Fábio Fernandes

Twenty-five dark stories that span a daring breadth of genres. In these noir tales that unfold at the edge of realism, mythic nocturnes from impossible pasts, and disquietingly intimate stories of speculative fiction, Claude Lalumière explores our collective and intertwined obsessions with sex and death.


Shades of Noir

  • Ted’s Collection
  • Secretly Wishing for Rain
  • She Watches Him Swim
  • Diptych
  • Dead


  • The Beginning of Time
  • What to Do with the Dead
  • The Four Elements: Earth (Nephesh)
  • The Secret Seduction of the Subtle Serpent
  • Someone to Watch
  • The Four Elements: Water (Scars)
  • The Triumph of the Autosomes
  • Anew Day
  • The Four Elements: Air (Hiding)
  • The Return of the Low Bunnies
  • The Family Portrait
  • The Four Elements: Fire (Metamorphosis)
  • Manit and the Nightmares

Strange Tales of Sex and Death

  • Different Flesh
  • The Flowers of Katrina
  • Being Here
  • Scenes from the Skoobie Revolution
  • Sexes in the City
  • All You Can Eat, All the Time
  • Our Love

The Door to Lost Pages

published by CZP (2011)
introduction by Paul Di Filippo

“A fable for our times … layer upon layer of daydream and nightmare.” – The Montreal Gazette

Step through the door to lost pages and escape a life you never wanted . . .
On her tenth birthday, Aydee runs away from home and from her neglectful parents. At first, surviving alone on the streets is harsh, but a series of frightening, bewildering encounters with strange primordial creatures leads her to a bookshop called Lost Pages, where she steps into a fantastic, sometimes dangerous, but exciting life. Aydee grows up at the reality-hopping Lost Pages, which seems to attract a clientele that is both eccentric and desperate. She is repeatedly drawn into an eternal war between enigmatic gods and monsters, until the day she is confronted by her worst nightmare: herself.


  • prologue: Fuel for the Dark Dreams of Yamesh-Lot
  • chapter 1: Bestial Acts
  • chapter 2: Let Evil Beware!
  • chapter 3: Dregs
  • chapter 4: Dark Tendrils
  • chapter 5: Lost Girls
  • coda: The Lost and Found of Years
  • hardcover extra: original Interzone version of “Bestial Acts” (2002)

Objects of Worship

published by CZP (2009)
introduction by James Morrow
translated into French by Élisabeth Vonarburg as Odyssées chimériques (Alire 2011)

Odyssées Chimériques

French-language edition (Québec)

Objects of Worship

“Lalumière’s astounding imagination has birthed entire worlds for each story … If you’re hungry for original genre content, Objects of Worship is just the nectar you’ve been praying for.” – Rue Morgue

Twelve strange, eerie, sensual stories by a bold new voice in weird fiction. Capricious gods rule a world of women. Zombies breed human cattle. The son of a superhero must decide between his heritage and his religion. Young lovers worship a primordial spider god. The apocalyptic rebirth of the god of the elephants. Monstrous chimeras roam through a devastated future Earth. A retired fisherman caught in the middle of a conflict between gods and superheroes. Teenagers struggle to survive a surreal ice age . . .


  • The Object of Worship
  • The Ethical Treatment of Meat
  • Hochelaga and Sons
  • The Sea, at Bari
  • The Darkness at the Heart of the World
  • Spiderkid
  • Njàbò
  • A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
  • A Visit to the Optometrist
  • Destroyer of Worlds
  • Roman Predator’s Chimeric Odyssey
  • This Is the Ice Age
  • hardcover extra: The World’s Forgotten Boy and the Scorpions from Hell
  • hardcover extra: Motherfucker

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