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He writes because conversation involves a lot of give and take, and he's always thought of himself as more of a giver.
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Therefore I Am includes 10 first-time-published science fiction short stories by:
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- Bruce Golden - Waiting Room
- James C. Bassett - Breakers
- Tab Earley - Inchoate
- Dustin Monk - El Camino
- Martin L. Shoemaker - The Night We Flushed the Old Town
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- Tom Barlow - Out on a Limb
- Annie Bellet - Nevermind the Bollocks
Digital Science Fiction Anthology 2 welcomes Christine Clukey as editor. At Digital Science Fiction, we strive for technically perfect digital and print versions of all our books. Each Digital Science Fiction book is vetted for superior literary quality then subjected to comprehensive professional editing. After editing, all content is proofread before submission to layout and formatting, then again after the book is fully built. In this way we expect you to find each Digital Science Fiction book not only entertaining, but error free.
We thank you for your interest in our book, and invite you to plunge into the ten terrific stories contained within. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed presenting them.
Jack Ketchum, Meg Elison, Tim Waggoner, David James Keaton, Larry Hinkle, Tom Barlow, Nick Manzolillo, Josh Scott Wilson, and Gil Valle.
"The Phantom Video Stream" by Nick Manzolillo sets the tone with red-room atmospherics in the story of a man who discovers a hidden channel streaming from what may be another reality.
Tim Waggoner's "Are You Crazy?" answers its own question in shocking Waggoner style.
Larry Hinkle's "Meat Cute" opens with "Stop staring at her tits!" and ends with a coldblooded revelation. Short and not so sweet.
Tom Barlow's "Selfie" demonstrates that two heads aren't always better than one, not when they're spitting images.
Meg Elison's "The Middle Child" takes an unflinching look at fame and greed and the mania underlying video virality.
In "Sick Jokes" Josh Scott Wilson takes political incorrectness to new heights--and depths.
David James Keaton, aka DJK, takes us for a ride into brutal biker mayhem that hits like a jackhammer in "The Flowery." Some tattoos ain't cool.
Jack Ketchum reprises "Megan's Law," a disturbing look at what can happen when a child molester moves into a concerned dad's neighborhood. If you've never read this classic, you're in for a creepy treat, and if you have then you know it's definitely worth rereading.
Plus, an exclusive excerpt from the NYPD's "Cannibal Cop" Gil Valle's upcoming Comet Press release of his first novel A Gathering of Evil, which parallels the message-board fantasies that landed him in jail.
Duane Bradley takes an irresistible look at the Video Nasties and the uproar those "obscene" video cassettes caused in the UK back in the 1980s. Ben Arzate reviews a formerly out-of-print classic horror novel, which is making a howling comeback. Patrick King reviews one of the best of the recent horror movie releases.
Red Room interviews the phenomenal Meg Elison, and David L. Tamarin interviews Gil Valle, getting him to open up about his incarceration by the "thought police."
Red Room regular Barfly Bob taste-tests the World's Most F**ked Up adult beverages.
A surreal, behind the scenes glimpse at the Red Room headquarters with rogue reporter Brian J. McCarthy.
And while this book explores theology and beliefs, it is written to be kind as well as thoughtful, and at times funny. It will give you belly laughs, but it will also give understanding of the notion of believing. It will remind you that no matter what you believe, we make this journey together.
There are poems by some wonderful modern thinkers including Gwyndyn T. Alexander and Jane Yolen, that will explore the nature of our world.
Essays by David Brin and David Gerrold that explore the nature of why we believe what we do.
And then there are the stories. Funny stories, like First, that explains how Hell got started. Serious stories of redemption, as seen in Izzy Tells no Lies. Stories that explore familiar themes of the trials of Job, as seen by those around him. Questions are raised if we would even recognize a returning messiah after 2000 years of interpretations of the beliefs.
And most important, they are well written with craft and skill that you have come to expect from B Cubed authors.
Bestselling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known sf and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories from the past year.
There is fiction from David Farber, Tim Pratt, and David Lubar among others, also four new Ender's Game universe stories by Card himself. This collection is sure to appeal to Card's fans, and be a great ambassador to them for these other talented writers.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A new “Commander Saturn" adventure as he takes on the "Pirates of Ganymede.”
"Jigsaw," a dysfunctional couple's descent into domestic horror brought about by a simple puzzle.
The twisted surrealistic sci-fi dystopia “Choice Cuts.”
"Land and Money and Old Bones," the story of Anthony, heir to his uncle's estate, who finds out there’s a bit more blood than he expected.
Two brave ocean explorers who encounter “A Curious Case in the Deep."
“Between,” a tale of a West that never was.
A cautionary Western about being careful about the promises you choose to keep, “The Best Laid Plans."
“The Whisker-Wood,” a weird, twisted horror tale about a man’s descent into madness.
“Harvest Moon,” a cosmic horror jidaigeki that creates a unique story of betrayal, falsehoods, and blood.
In this second annual edition, you'll find nearly 40 of the weirdest, most outrageous, wackiest, scariest, puzzlingest (is that really a word?) short stories submitted for this anthology in 2019. That's nearly twice the number of stories in the 2018 edition, our first.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be shocked, scared, and maybe even perflutzed by some of the stories you'll find inside, in many different genres and styles.
But with nearly every story, we know you'll be surprised.
These stories have all been anonymously selected by a panel of independent judges.
We expect the 2020 edition to be BOULDer (no relation to the city in Colorado), and that'll raise the bar even higher for the 2021 edition. We might wind up changing “Limitless” to “Loopy” if writers can really let their inhibitions go and let their haywire creativity loose.
But now it's time for you to quit reading these promo bits, brace yourself and dig in. Have fun!
DO YA, PUNK???
Well, then—THUGLIT ISSUE 22 is here to knock your literary teeth out the back of your head with EIGHT brand new tales of misdemeanors, misdeeds, misanthropy and misbehavior.
IN THIS ISSUE OF THUGLIT:
THE JACKPOT by Tom Barlow
LAST REQUEST by Rob Hart
STRESS POSITIONS by Matthew J. Hockey
FKAKTED by Robert Hart
GAME DOG by Joshua D. Moyes
THE EASTER ISLAND JOHNNY by Jon Zelazny
CRANFILLS GAP by William Dylan Powell
THAT DREADED UNDERTOW by Nolan Knight
• Thieves mistime a forest fire, and the cops aren't the only peril awaiting them.
• A cancer victim turns serial killer, but only of perps who deserve to die.
• Em's brother plays him for a sucker, and the cops play him like a fiddle. With a family like his, he figures orphans are the lucky ones.
• When a hit man is brought in to clean up a honey trap, he never expects to change sides.
• Is Ryan blessed to be a dead ringer for a Hollywood star? Dead is the key word.
• The bald chemo queen has a good scam going, until she hooks up with a pro who notices the carpet doesn't match the drapes.
• Donating a kidney makes Kevin feel like a hero. Until he meets the recipient.
• When Katie discovers first edition Dr. Seuss books, the road to grad school opens up. Too bad there's red blood, dead blood along the way.
• The painting is the only thing of value in her mother's estate, but the only way Kim can profit is by producing an exact copy. Over and over.
• When a move star wanna-be conspires to steal enough dough to fund her dreams, her partner should expect a little improv.
Barlow's stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Needle, Switchblade, Thuglit, Tough, Manslaughter Review, Mystery Weekly, Mysterical-E Magazine, Heater, and Pulp Modern. His writing has been described as, "brilliantly layered, hauntingly introspective and refreshingly offbeat" by Scotch Rutherford, editor of Switchblade Magazine. Rusty Barnes of Tough Magazine writes "(Barlow) always delivers the goods."