By Edward Bryant
Three forlorn humans huddle in a mausoleum of the frozen lifeless; they're the only real survivors of a germ-warfare assault that has burnt up the western usa. Their in basic terms meals supply--the frozen corpses round them. Then, suddenly, the fridges lose their electrical energy, and the useless start to thaw...
Rumors unfold that occupants of deserted autos alongside a desolate tract street were kidnapped by way of massive birds who hunt humans as smaller birds hunt worms for his or her younger. yet a faculty professor makes a decision that would now not be this sort 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A little outdated guy in New York's East Village breeds unusual animals to feed an overpopulated, food-short world...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 ends up in manacled torture and a plaster-bound groin...
The final shark story...
Supposedly the subsequent neatest thing to a lady is a sheep, yet there is consequences...
A psychopathic hangman discourses together with his captive human pendulum...
These tales through Edward Bryant, akin 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 sufficient foodstuff, now not adequate paintings, dead rest, and the fear--or memory--of cataclysmic war.
His characters dwell in a chilling global 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 believe the curve is directed downward--perhaps thoroughly off the graph. think of this ebook a chart; those tales, coordinates."
"Even in a style the place the 'flash-in-the-pan' author incorporates a excessive profile for two decades ahead of vanishing, there are occasional heat-blasts of expertise that presage an extended and tremendous profession to keep on with. From the e-book of his first tale of speculative fiction... it used to be noticeable that Edward Bryant is a author of intensity and compassion, without delay au courant and anxious with the undying learn of the human condition...
"In this significant 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 an excellent author who works with fresh fingers, 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 so that they can get the money movement to him . just about all the earnings from this e-book pass on to Ed. Donations to aid with Ed's clinical and different monetary wishes also are such a lot favored through www.FriendsOfEd.org. Thank you!
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