By Edward Bryant
Three forlorn humans huddle in a mausoleum of the frozen useless; they're the only real survivors of a germ-warfare assault that has burnt up the western usa. Their basically meals supply--the frozen corpses round them. Then, by surprise, the fridges lose their electrical energy, and the lifeless start to thaw...
Rumors unfold that occupants of deserted automobiles alongside a barren region road were kidnapped through immense birds who hunt humans as smaller birds hunt worms for his or her younger. yet a faculty professor comes to a decision that would now not be this kind of undesirable fate...
A little outdated guy in New York's East Village breeds unusual animals to feed an overpopulated, food-short world...
In a temple of hallucination, promiscuous love results in manacled torture and a plaster-bound groin...
The final shark story...
Supposedly the following neatest thing to a girl is a sheep, yet there is consequences...
A psychopathic hangman discourses together with his captive human pendulum...
These tales by means of Edward Bryant, corresponding to Ballard's Vermillion Sands, envision a bleak and forbidding destiny for man--one within which unheeded warnings were fatefully fulfilled: too many of us, now not adequate nutrition, now not adequate paintings, dead rest, and the fear--or memory--of cataclysmic war.
His characters stay in a chilling international the place human values were both smothered or violently destroyed--a global that's, even now, terrifyingly attainable. "Whether our final vacation spot is utopia, dystopia, or Armageddon, we all know the curve is headed someplace. that is a truism. i think the curve is directed downward--perhaps thoroughly off the graph. contemplate this booklet a chart; those tales, coordinates."
"Even in a style the place the 'flash-in-the-pan' author consists of a excessive profile for 20 years prior to vanishing, there are occasional heat-blasts of expertise that presage a protracted and very good profession to stick to. From the book of his first tale of speculative fiction... it was once visible that Edward Bryant is a author of intensity and compassion, right now au courant and anxious with the undying research of the human condition...
"In this awesome collection... he makes a gap assertion that may definitely remind readers of fiction-that-stands-the-test-of-time, of Nathanael West, Donald Barthelme, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
"He is a very good author who works with fresh palms, composure, and an indefatigable mind's eye. i like to recommend his paintings unequivocally."
Because of Ed's monetary wishes, his books are being offered as pre-orders that will get the money stream to him faster. just about all the gains from this publication cross on to Ed. Donations to assist with Ed's clinical and different monetary wishes also are so much preferred through www.FriendsOfEd.org. Thank you!
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