Arthur Conan Doyle takes Professor Challenger to the South of France to meet Professor Picard, Irene Adler and a horror from the ancient past. ("A treat... read it and grin," Tangent Online.) What extraordinary secrets lie in the weave of an ancient carpet? (Voted Best Story of 1998, Interzone; "particularly strong," scifi.com.) A young boy accidentally swallows a fairy. ("An intriguing glimpse into a different world," BestSF.net; "A disturbing fairy tale," Strange Horizons.) Mysterious cocoons fall to Earth bringing alien revelations. ("Vivid and engaging," Tangent Online.) What do corpses do to other corpses at night? ("Gripping... disquieting," Tangent Online.) In cyberspace all intelligences are edible. ("Worthy of Philip K. Dick," Mauvais Genres.) Fourteen stories by multiple award-winning French science fiction author Jean-Claude Dunyach, including six never before translated. This volume features Unravelling the Thread selected in Year's Best Science Fiction of 1999 and Watch Me When I Sleep included in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror of 2002. In his foreword, David Brin (The Postman, Earth) describes the author as "one of the most talented imaginations living today" and urges: "Feast upon the imagination of Jean-Claude Dunyach."