Praise for Eric McCormack's Cloud:
“Cloud is a powerful, magical book, rooted in tightly crafted characters thrust into larger-than-life events. . . . It is virtually impossible not to be caught up in the momentum of Cloud, the impulse to read it at a gulp. . . . readers will be delighted by it.” —The Globe and Mail
"The novel abounds with colorful grotesques. . . . But the novel's true greatness comes from its portrait of Harry, the lovesick traveller and memory artist. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another 12 years for the next McCormack offering." —Publishers Weekly
"Mysterious and beguiling, Eric McCormack's Cloud is a book about where books can take us, the questions they ask about the stories they tell that are ultimately posed to ourselves. Enchantment awaits."
—Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Demonologist
"Eric McCormack is one of our most boldly original and entertaining writers . . . he's in a genre all by himself. . . . Cloud is indisputably his best novel to date." —National Post
"Spanning the globe and bridging generations, Cloud brims with exotica, erotica and the macabre . . . Cloud is a tale about many things—about the mysteries of the human mind and the human heart; about life as a sojourn of loss and regret; about the ways literature and life illumine each other. It's also a compelling read that will keep you turning pages into the depths of the night." —The Windsor Star
"Cloud, the first book in 12 years from the hypo-celebrated Scottish-Canadian neo-Gothic absurdist existentialist writer Eric McCormack, is to my mind his greatest novel to date." —The Toronto Star
Praise for Eric McCormack's The Paradise Motel
"A virtuoso, McCormack holds the reader's attention as much by his style
as by the story he tells. Scotsman Ezra Stevenson recalls a story about
a horrifying family crime told to his grandfather in Patagonia by one of
its victims. Now a journalist happily escaped from the hard life of his
childhood, Ezra tries to verify the story, tracking down the four
Mackenzie brothers and sisters who had been so terrifyingly abused. The
search is suspenseful, as are the later-life stories he uncovers. Did
they occur? Were these new victims the Mackenzie children grown up? The
stories are both phantasmagorical and very real, and McCormack holds
them together with a sophisticated prose rich in beautiful physical
descriptions. Full of death and suffering, the novel exhilarates rather
than depresses, its stark dourness vivifying rather than dulling the
"There is no denying his talent."
—The Independent (London)
"It says much for Eric McCormack's narrative skill that one rapidly
accepts the strange conditions of his particular and peculiar world."
—The Sunday Times (London)
"One cracking good teller of tales... McCormack unravels each of these
ghoulish histories with consummate skill and jarring credibility. His
eye for detail is mesmerizing, his graceful prose spare yet rich, his
sense of dread unsparing."
—The Toronto Star
"Mr. McCormack is a master stylist."
—New York Times Book Review
"Mr. McCormack demands to be read on a par with the finest fabulists of
—Alberto Manguel, The Ottawa Citizen
Praise for Eric McCormack:
Winner, Scottish Arts Council's Spring Book Award for The Paradise Motel (1999)
Winner, K-W Arts Awards Ceremony's Literacy Award (1999)
Shortlisted, Governor General's Award for First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1997)
Nominated, People's Prize for Fiction (1990)
Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Canada Caribbean Region for Inspecting the Vaults (1988)