Released on 05 June 2014.

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The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric & Discredited Diseases

and Mark Roberts

3.7 based on 492 ratings & 34 reviews on


From the author of Annihilation, now a major motion picture

Marvellously entertaining dip-in spoof guide to exotic fictional illnesses and afflictions, with over eighty entries contributed by fifty-eight writers, including the editors themselves and Steve Aylett, Neil Gaiman, David Langford, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Brian Stableford, etc. It is illustrated throughout with curious and humorously unenlightening sketches.

'An amazing book … sure to delight the discerning (and slightly warped) reader' Publishers Weekly

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An enjoyable read. Some authors are better versed in the basic medical and scientific basics involved than others, but that was little indicator of which entries were the most entertaining. Don't forget your speculum!
One can always count on Jeff VanderMeer for his imaginative approach to fiction and the collections of stories he gathers as editor ... Now, along with co-editor Mark Roberts, VanderMeer has produced one of his most original and sumptuously fabricated collections to date.
There's a sense of fun to this book that's quite... well... infectious ... a shining example of what an anthology should be: a seamless collaboration of inventive minds which comes together in a whole that is significantly greater than its individual parts