The Plastic Nightmare

Richard Neely


Richard Neely’s The Plastic Nightmare explores a psychological depth and depravity seldom found in noir fiction. Called the de Sade of the genre by Ed Gorman, Neely’s haunting foray into the politics of memories, madness and identity, is surely one of the last great noir thrillers, but also informed by a fresh, 1960s perspective (the novel was originally published in 1969).
       Now it is given a beautiful hardcover treatment, the first time ever in the United States, with a handsome cloth reminiscent of bandages. With a new introduction by Ed Gorman and a long, previously out of print interview with Neely, this is a new, definitive edition.
       Interior artwork by Don Brautigam. Also includes a reproduction of the first edition Ace paperback cover art.

edition information

  • Limited to 200 copies.
  • Introduction by Ed Gorman.
  • Includes a lengthy interview with Richard Neely.
  • The original Ace paperback cover, reprinted in color.
  • Interior artwork by Don Brautigam.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, three-piece cloth construction.
  • Bound in white textured cloth cloth with no dustjacket.
  • Original book price: $50.
  • Published June 2009.
  • ISBN 1-933618-44-9.