About Jay Lake...
"You can always count on a kind of gutsy vitality in the stories of Jay Lake.
This is fiction that isn't afraid to get its hands dirty."
- Ray Vukcevich
"I liked Jay a lot before I read his stories. He’s smart, funny, and wildly
imaginative. His drive to write has no brakes. He has spent a lot of time
in Mongolia, and has the hat to prove it. He bakes cookies. He recycles
paper. He tells very bad jokes.
"It was only after I read his stories that I worried about being alone with
him. Somewhere in his childhood, he OD’ed on religious literature and dogma,
and he's been secreting it from various orifices ever since. He does things
with clowns and angels that make you scared of what might be around the next
corner, and the way people treat each other in his stories is terrifying.
"Jay brings a radically varied palette of life experience and a scary brilliance
to his work. This stuff is weird. Enjoy."
- Nina Kiriki Hoffman
"...marvelous: stylish, sustained, an impish tour de force."
- Nicholas Gevers, LOCUS, April 2002, reviewing "The Courtesy of Guests" in BONES OF THE WORLD
"The Goat Cutter" is one of Jay Lake's most striking stories: wildly inventive,
complex, and infused with the power to lead me through an uncomfortable journey
I will not easily forget."
- Leslie What