HyacinthsThose who dream for the entertainment of the masses must pay a terrible price in Grand Master Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s breathtaking vision of a dark, dystopian future America
In tomorrow’s world, Dreams are big business. When all labor is drudgery, when unhappiness runs rampant and violent rioting is the norm in America’s cities, Dreams are the opiate of the masses, designed to keep the general population docile and entertained with calculated breaks added in for advertisements. Only a talented few have what it takes to be Dreamers—those whose nocturnal visions are suitably imaginative, coherent, and consistent enough to be shared with the public. It is the responsibility of professionals like Jehanne Bliss and her ex-husband, Tony MacKenzie, to discover potential Dreamers and help hone their remarkable abilities—and Honor Gordon, an unfulfilled worker in a hydroponics plant, appears to be a veritable diamond in the rough. But there is a terrifying dark side to this burgeoning entertainment industry, for to Dream is to court madness . . . and death.
Named Grand Master of the World Horror Convention in 2003 and a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro dreams up a frightening dystopian future in her extraordinary science fiction classic, Hyacinths.
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Praise for Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
“Quinn Yarbro is one of our finest writers and craftspersons.” —Peter Straub
“A versatile and distinctive talent . . . Yarbro has a fine way with the wicked and a clean, terse style.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Ms. Yarbro’s talent recalls the Ray Bradbury of Dark Carnival: no mean compliment.” —The Times (London)
About the author
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Q. Yarbro is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). In 1995, Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism, and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire the Count Saint‑Germain. With her creation of Saint‑Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction, and filtered it through a feminist perspective that made both the giving of sustenance and its taking of equal erotic potency. A professional writer since 1968, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to Westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. A skeptical occultist for forty years, Yarbro has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.