By F. Paul Wilson
Aftershock & Others is the 3rd selection of brief fiction by manhattan Times bestselling writer F. Paul Wilson, hailed via the Rocky Mountain News as “among the best storytellers of our times.”
The identify novelette gained the Bram Stoker Award and its partners contact at the previous, current, and future—from the inflationary madness of Weimar Germany (“Aryans and Absinthe”) to disco club–era new york (“When He was once Fab”), to the rationing of scientific prone in a grim close to destiny (“Offshore”). Wilson’s stylistic range and flexibility are on show 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 so much creative: trapped in a drugstore with 4 killers (“Interlude at Duane’s”).
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Perfect for Weird Tales. Tom was ticked. So I promised him another for Borderlands 2. It’s hard to say no to Tom; you get the feeling you might end up sleeping with the fishes. ) When He Was Fab Floor drains. Sheesh. Doug hated them. Being super of this old rattrap building wasn’t a bad job. The hours could play hell with you sometimes, but he got a free room, he got his utilities, and he got a salary—if you wanted to call that piddly amount in his weekly check a salary. But you couldn’t knock the deal too hard.
He waved Marc into the sanctum sanctorum of alcoved tables overlooking the dance floor. The Manhattan In-Crowd was out in force tonight, with various Left Coast luminaries salted among them. Madonna looked up from her table and waved as she whispered something in a pert brunette’s ear. Marc stuck his tongue out and kept moving. Bobby De Niro and Marty Scorsese nodded, Bianca blew him a kiss, and on and on… This was what it was all about. This was what he lived for now, the nightlife that made the drudgery of his daylife bearable.
I want to retch but the drug in my system won’t let me. And then the fingers move. Quickly. Two of them slip wetly into my nostrils, clogging them, sealing them like corks in the necks of wine bottles. The other little hand darts past my gasping lips, forces its way between my teeth, and crawls down my throat. The unspeakable obscenity of the taste is swept away by the hunger for air. Air! I can’t breathe! I need air! My body begins to buck as my muscles spasm and cry for oxygen. It speaks then.
Aftershock & Others: 19 Oddities by F. Paul Wilson