By F. Paul Wilson
Aftershock & Others is the 3rd number of brief fiction by big apple Times bestselling writer F. Paul Wilson, hailed by means of the Rocky Mountain News as “among the best storytellers of our times.”
The name novelette gained 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 big apple (“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 exhibit 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 creative: trapped in a drugstore with 4 killers (“Interlude at Duane’s”).
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I straighten my arm and lift her feet off the floor, let them kick the empty air, just as she said mine did in the dream-death she watched. I squeeze and squeeze and squeeze, watching the blood vessels burst in her eyes and face, watching her tongue protrude and turn dusky until she hangs in my hand like a doll. I loosen my grip and shake her but she remains limp. What have I done? I stand there, shocked at the rage within me, at the violence it makes me capable of. For a moment I grieve for Maria, for myself, then I shake it off.
He never came to visit me. Never answered my notes. In fact, his barrister came to the jail and told me to stop writing to Karl—that Karl didn’t know who I was and wanted nothing to do with the murderer of his uncle. No one believed that I knew Karl. No one but his sister Maria had ever seen us together, and Maria said I was a complete stranger. I remember the final shock when I was told that Maria wasn’t his sister at all. After that the heart went out of me. I gave up. I lost the will to defend myself.
Daddy…” “WHEN HE WAS FAB” Early on in 1990 my goombah Tom Monteleone asked me to contribute to the first of a series of anthologies he was starting. The Borderlands guidelines were and have always been: no topic, no restrictions, and above all, no clichés. “Surprise me,” Tom said. Well, with one project or another—Reprisal, Freak Show, Nightworld, and all the short stories—tugging me this way and that, I kept putting it off. So it wasn’t until late in the year that I started “When He Was Fab” for Tom.