The Door to Lost Pages

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.

Reviews of The Door to Lost Pages:

Insanely imaginative. . . Lalumière's talents are on full display in this cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling tale of bibliophilic wonder.
A weird, entrancing book, informed by a unique vision. . . The doors of perception are occasionally blown outward in orgasmic epiphanies. . . it makes for a good trip.
—Alex Good, Quill and Quire
Pick up this book and open your own door to Lost Pages—you might find something inside that you didn't know existed.
Lalumière is clearly comfortable with the trickier elements of horror and erotica, and knows when to step back at the right moment. Although the Lost Pages world is pure fantasy, it is no fantasy world. He may have found the most compassionate way to depict people on the edge of society, and that is to paint them as being lost to themselves—and to everyone else.
—Louise Fabiani, The Montreal Review of Books
In some ways the story reminds the reader of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Angel’s Game meets Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with just a touch of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline thrown in for good measure. . . . Lalumière’s voice is clearly his own and The Door to Lost Pages is quite unlike anything else you’ve read.
A fable for our times. . . Philip K. Dick channelling Jean-Paul Sartre and Yukio Mishima. . . layer upon layer of daydream and nightmare.
The Door to Lost Pages is an intriguing collection of intertwined stories that combine philosophy, nightmares, and a few postmodern narrative tricks.  It's a collection of stories perfect for anyone who loves bookstores, and books, and the excitement—and danger—that lie within.
Elegant dark fantasy saturated with phantasmagoric imagery, skillfully wrapped around meta-narrative structures  . . . Due to Lalumière’s subtle characterization, Aydee can take a deserved place alongside other intrepid dark fantasy heroines such as Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Candy Quackenbush from Clive Barker’s Abarat series.
. . . [The Door to Lost Pages] will reward any reader willing to explore unconventional structure and experimental technique . . .
The stories in The Door To Lost Pages have all been exquisitely crafted by Lalumière and readers cannot help but be drawn in to the worlds and lives he shows us. The stories are by turns funny, sad, bittersweet, and joyful . . . . Anyone who enjoys at least slightly dark fantasy should enjoy The Door To Lost Pages.
Simply put, it very rarely gets better than this.
Claude Lalumière reveals the mythology of his world in pieces, often through nested stories. Encounters with the forces of evil are twisted and terrifying, but the battle never overshadows the individual stories; this remains a book about people and the beauty of books. While the narration swings from whimsical and hopeful to violent and despairing, the sense of wonder remains throughout.
NJ.com
The author’s unquestionably excitable imagination is breath-taking, if not utterly refreshing. Leave your worries at the door and walk on into the fantastical world where magic and mystery lie hand-in-hand with the beating heart of humanity and the limitless questions within the universe  . . . This is a novella to become quickly and unconsciously lost within. Its open expanse of lovingly created passages into dreamlike stages of life, immerse the reader in the unobstructed enjoyment of storytelling. And that’s what it always seems to come back to here. The utter and unashamed enjoyment of storytelling. And that pretty much sums up the book ‚Äì the sheer enjoyment of storytelling . . .
—Christopher A. Hall, DLS Reviews
Erotic, wise, comic, tragic . . . it's involving fiction of the most intimate and passionate stripe!
—From the introduction by Paul Di Filippo
[The Door to Lost Pages is] dark, it's sexy, unconventional, while at the same time remaining accessible. This is the kind of book you read when you want something different, something that will challenge your mind but doesn't leave you lost and wandering through . . .
Claude Lalumiere's collection The Door to Lost Pages is very much like the titular bookstore featured in its stories: densely-packed with all manner of strange writings on different subjects, and if you're not paying attention, you'll miss intriguing and important details.

eShorts

These single stories from this collection are available for individual purchase:

The Lost and Found of Years by Claude Lalumière

A disillusioned writer's grasp on reality becomes increasingly tenuous as Lost Pages, the bookshop from his stories, appears in the real world. This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

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Lost Girls by Claude Lalumière

There are two Aydees: one who found refuge at Lost Pages as a young runaway; one who remained homeless. Is one of them a dream, or the other a nightmare? This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

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Dark Tendrils by Claude Lalumière

The god of nightmares preys on a dysfunctional young couple. Will the books they find at Lost Pages help them overcome the threat? This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

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Let Evil Beware! by Claude Lalumière

Eight-year-old Billy keeps his monster-hunting equipment at Lost Pages, so his parents won't find it... The Purple Zombie Rats of the Spectroverse keep evading his grasp! This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

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Dregs by Claude Lalumière

A dark, erotic tale of sexual awakening and obsession, of myth and monsters, of dreams and nightmares, of lust and loss. Does Lost Pages hold the key to unlock ancient mysteries? This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

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Bestial Acts by Claude Lalumière

Ten-year-old Aydee runs away from her neglectful parents; surreal encounters with strange gods and monsters lead her to Lost Pages, a bookshop that is much more than it appears... This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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Fuel for the Dark Dreams of Yamesh-Lot by Claude Lalumière

A lost myth – a legend that never was, from a world that never was – about how nightmares first invaded the land of dreams. This tale forms part of Claude Lalumière’s “cerebral, erotic, and hypnotically compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novella in stories, The Door to Lost Pages.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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Other Reviews

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Author Info

Claude Lalumière is the editor or co-editor of twelve anthologies, including Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic, the Aurora Award-nominated Tesseracts Twelve: New Novellas of Canadian Fantastic Fiction, and (with Camille Alexa) Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories. Claude is the co-creator, with artist Rupert Bottenberg, of Lost Myths. He has published two books through ChiZine Publications: Objects of Worship (2009) and The Door to Lost Pages (2011).

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