By F. Paul Wilson
Aftershock & Others is the 3rd number of brief fiction by long island Times bestselling writer F. Paul Wilson, hailed by way of the Rocky Mountain News as “among the best storytellers of our times.”
The name novelette received the Bram Stoker Award and its partners contact at the previous, current, and future—from the inflationary madness of Weimar Germany (“Aryans and Absinthe”) to disco club–era ny (“When He used to be Fab”), to the rationing of scientific providers in a grim close to destiny (“Offshore”). Wilson’s stylistic range and flexibility are on reveal in tales that pay tribute to Ray Bradbury (“The November Game”), use a sentient killer virus as a point-of-view personality (“Lysing towards Bethlehem”), and pay unabashed homage to natural pulp fiction in yellow peril tales (“Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong” and “Part of the Game”). and at last, Wilson treats us to his well known antihero Repairman Jack at his such a lot artistic: trapped in a drugstore with 4 killers (“Interlude at Duane’s”).
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Focus on what you’re saying: Your wife has arranged with members of the prison staff to place pieces of your dismembered daughter in the food they serve you. ” “Yes. She’d do anything to get back at me. ” (suck…puff ) “Mmmmm. ” I think back, mentally cataloging the nastiness I’ve been subjected to. “It started with the baked potatoes. They almost fooled me with the first one. They’d taken some of Marion’s skin and molded it into an oblong hollow shape, then filled it with baked potato. I’ve got to hand it to them—it looked quite realistic.
It hit me. I got it. And it blew me away, utterly and completely. Left me gasping. Lowered the temperature of the room by twenty degrees. And made me decide that someday, some way, I would write a story that would do unto others what this one had done unto me. I’m still trying. ” I’ll bet he still appreciates the finesse of his younger self’s technique, but I think the subject matter appalls the older Ray. But the lesson this story pounds home is how less can be so much more. The oblique descriptions in the dark throughout the “game” are never visually realized by the author.
Note: “Year Zero” is the end of civilization as we know it; “Year Zero Minus One” is the year preceding it, etc. THE PAST “Demonsong” (prehistory) “Aryans and Absinthe” (1923–1924) Black Wind (1926–1945) The Keep (1941) Reborn (February–March 1968) “Dat Tay Vao” (March 1968) Jack: Secret Histories (1983) YEAR ZERO MINUS THREE Sibs (February) “Faces” (early summer) The Tomb (summer) “The Barrens”* (ends in September) “A Day in the Life”* (October) “The Long Way Home” Legacies (December) YEAR ZERO MINUS TWO Conspiracies (April) (includes “Home Repairs”) “Interlude at Duane’s” (April) All the Rage (May) (includes “The Last Rakosh”) Hosts (June) The Haunted Air (August) Gateways (September) Crisscross (November) Infernal (December) YEAR ZERO MINUS ONE Harbingers (January) Bloodline (April) By the Sword (May) The Touch (ends in August) The Peabody-Ozymandias Traveling Circus & Oddity Emporium (ends in September) “Tenants”* yet-to-be-written Repairman Jack novels YEAR ZERO “Pelts”* Reprisal (ends in February) the last Repairman Jack novel (will end in April) Nightworld (starts in May) Reborn, The Touch, and Reprisal will be back in print before too long.
Aftershock & Others: 19 Oddities by F. Paul Wilson