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 merely nutrients supply--the frozen corpses round them. Then, suddenly, the fridges lose their electrical energy, and the lifeless start to thaw...
Rumors unfold that occupants of deserted autos alongside a desolate tract street were kidnapped by way of huge birds who hunt humans as smaller birds hunt worms for his or her younger. yet a faculty professor makes a decision that may now not be any such undesirable fate...
A little previous 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 subsequent smartest thing to a girl is a sheep, yet there is consequences...
A psychopathic hangman discourses together with his captive human pendulum...
These tales by way of Edward Bryant, similar to Ballard's Vermillion Sands, envision a bleak and forbidding destiny for man--one during which unheeded warnings were fatefully fulfilled: too many folks, no longer sufficient nutrition, now not adequate paintings, lifeless relaxation, and the fear--or memory--of cataclysmic war.
His characters dwell in a chilling international the place human values were both smothered or violently destroyed--a international 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. 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 20 years earlier than vanishing, there are occasional heat-blasts of expertise that presage an extended and extraordinary profession to stick to. From the e-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 examine of the human condition...
"In this amazing collection... he makes a gap assertion that would definitely remind readers of fiction-that-stands-the-test-of-time, of Nathanael West, Donald Barthelme, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
"He is a 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 bought as pre-orders so that it will get the money circulate to him faster. just about all the earnings from this publication move on to Ed. Donations to aid with Ed's clinical and different monetary wishes also are so much liked through www.FriendsOfEd.org. Thank you!
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Among the Dead and Other Events Leading to the Apocalypse by Edward Bryant