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About Tom Barlow
Tom Barlow is an Ohio writer. He writes crime, speculative and literary fiction. He has published over 100 short stories and four novels. "Everything is Inevitable" is a cozy mystery, "I'll Meet You Yesterday" science fiction, "Bringing Knickerbocker Home" a family drama, and "Blood of the Poppy" a noir crime story. His literary short stories are collected in "Welcome to the Goat Rodeo" and "Odds of Survival" features noir crime fiction.
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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• 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."
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.
Discover characters like the Moon Rabbit from Chinese mythology, a kitsune from Japanese mythology, and the aswang from Filipino mythology.
Find out what arises when a struggling Malaysian student seeks help for her studies in Chinatown, and what happens when the garbage in the Pacific Ocean is seen as a valuable treasure.
Futures imagined stretch from amazing advances in technology to depressing dystopias.
Read these stories and so many more in Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction.
Featuring stories by:
Brett Adams, Jo Wu, Kris Williamson, Recle Etino Vibal, Tabitha Sin, Ailia Hopkins, KZ Morano, TR Napper, Terence Toh, Kawika Guillermo, Barry Rosenberg, Eeleen Lee, Jax Goss, Jo Thomas, Daniel A. Kelin II, Fadzlishah Johanabas, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, Dominica Malcolm, Aashika Nair, Celeste A. Peters, Agnes Ong, Rebecca Freeman, NJ Magas, and Tom Barlow
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.
"Tom Barlow's stories are quirky, sharply drawn, wildly varied, often funny and always deeply compassionate. His protagonists are almost always people who I would not ordinarily encounter (and some I would never dream of) and the window he offers into their inner lives makes even the strangest among them believable. The twists in his stories often have me flipping back to the beginning, thinking "should I have seen that coming?" Usually the answer is "yes, I should, because he threw out some clues"...but I got so absorbed in the characters and their stories that I didn't think to predict the ending."
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.
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