By F. Paul Wilson
Aftershock & Others is the 3rd choice of brief fiction by manhattan Times bestselling writer F. Paul Wilson, hailed through 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 earlier, current, and future—from the inflationary madness of Weimar Germany (“Aryans and Absinthe”) to disco club–era long island (“When He used to be Fab”), to the rationing of clinical providers in a grim close to destiny (“Offshore”). Wilson’s stylistic range and flexibility are on demonstrate 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 renowned antihero Repairman Jack at his such a lot artistic: trapped in a drugstore with 4 killers (“Interlude at Duane’s”).
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Of course. ” “You look a little pale, is all. ” “No, Bruno. ” “Okay. But you need anyting, you lemme know an’ it’s done. ” Marc clapped Bruno on the shoulder and nodded. As he walked down the narrow black corridor that led past the coat checkroom he wondered what Bruno had meant. Did he look pale? He didn’t feel pale. He felt fine. The twins were hovering near the coat check window, looking lost. They’d finally achieved their dream: They’d made it to the swirling innards of the Spee, and they weren’t sure what to do about it.
What now, you mother? ” Nothing. The water felt kind of thick down there, almost like Jell-O, but the pipe was empty as far as his fingers could reach. Probably something caught in the trap. Which meant he’d have to use the snake. And dammit to hell, he’d left it upstairs. Maybe if he squeezed his fingers down just a little farther he’d find something. Just a little— Doug reached down too far. Water sloshed over the top of his glove and ran down the inside to his fingers. It had a strange, warm, thick feel to it.
Where was the problem? Reviews were excellent and the book was optioned for a theatrical film within months of publication. Things looked good. I’d been wrong about retitling The Tomb, so maybe I was wrong about this. (But I wasn’t. ) In April Richard Chizmar requested a story for an anthology called Cold Blood. I turned to Jack again. ) Then in May Joe Lansdale called looking for a dark suspense story—no supernatural—for Dark at Heart, an anthology he was editing with his wife, Karen. ) About this time I got to work on my first editing gig: Freak Show, the second of the aforementioned HWA anthologies.
Aftershock & Others: 19 Oddities by F. Paul Wilson