Henry Kyllo is a Runner, a member of a secret society called the Inferne Cutis. Every day he is chased through the city by Hunters whose goal is to fill him with bullets. It is a secret war steeped in history, tradition, and mutual fear. Rumours abound about what happens when a Runner achieves ascension, but it has supposedly never happened before, so no one knows for sure. Except that it has happened before. And it is happening again. This time to Henry Kyllo.
These stories represent decades of collaboration between author David Niall Wilson and a wide array of talented authors. All have been professionally published - some have been reprinted and collected. All are the result of two muses meeting on paper. Meet a modern day Don Quixote, fighting Y2K bug nightmares, and striving to save the woman of his dreams. Learn how Edgar Allen Poe might have found his tales. Face off on a lonely mountaintop with Lovecraftian nightmares.
The annual visit to the carnival brings excitement and fear to two brothers being raised by their father. Their mother's absence and their father's neglectful abuse have created distorted perceptions in their sons' minds - of the world, of women, and of themselves. In the world of one child, the carnival becomes a powerful backdrop for his internal struggle to find maternal comfort, a reprieve from guilt and a sense of self before his tether to reality is lost forever.
This is not, and never has been, about you. Any of you. This is not, and never has been, about good and bad. This makes no sense to you, I know. I have taken all who are worthy. There will be no further messages. w w w Twenty-one short stories by Brett Alexander Savory, featuring three tales original to this collection.
Why have certain denizens of Hell taken to throwing farm animals through innocent folks' kitchen windows? How long does it take a dead, desiccated gas attendant to walk out to his pumps? What sort of relationship do the Lord of the Underworld and Hell's Head Torturer have, besides the obvious professional one? What kind of air conditioning units do they use down there? Do they listen to Cyndi Lauper? What is Hell's official currency, and by what criteria did the Big Red Fella choose it?
Johnson Milhone is crazy... or is he? Talking, sentient stuffed pigs that may, or may not, be sewn from the flesh of his father? A psychpathic brother...or...just a bully? A mother who may be a controlling serial killer? A psychiatrist who may, or may not, be a spdier? Follow Johnson down the dark tracks of his mind as he deals with being dismembered and disemboweled, meets giant talking Scottish cats, takes a trip through the worlds of Edgar Allen Poe - and so much more.