Ray Bradbury - peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors - is a literary giant whose remarkable career spanned seven decades. Now 26 of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.
"The Heirs to Ray Bradbury"
In a smoky, after hours jazz joint where almost nobody ever dies, or the ranch house next door owned by a monster, or a high rise elevator in which raging terror awaits the next passenger, these brilliant stories discover a world you thought you knew - and a darker one you will never forget. With 13 stories never before collected, New Moon on the Water is Mort Castle's first new collection in a decade.
Cursed Be the Child by Mort Castle is a classic horror novel of possession and revenge. Lisette has been dead for nearly a century, but she is very determined to get payback on the big, cruel world that betrayed her. This is not a book for the faint-of-heart. It is a story of a tormented soul, that of a murdered child, Lisette, who was raped and killed when she was only five years old.
Mike Louden is a Stranger. It's a name he's given himself and others like him. Because he knows that modern society is filled with people like him - Strangers who do not fit into the restrictive boundaries of normal social behavior. For deep down, far beneath the surface of pleasant, ordinary Michael Louden is another person - a homicidal maniac who schemes to murder everyone he knows. The day of the Stranger is coming, coming faster than anyone can imagine.
"The narrator made a great story unbearable"
You see him at PTA meetings, selling peanuts for Kiwanis, mowing his lawn. Michael Louden is your ever-so-average nice guy, your neighbor, your friend - except he wants to kill you and your family and your dog. He's the next door serial psycho, Jack the Ripper in Willy Loman's well-shined shoes - and John Wayne Gacy in his clown costume. And he's not alone.
Overwhelmed by the evil spirit of Lisette, Missy plots horrible vengeance against her parents, and others. Each character is attacked by Lisette, and each one of them fights in the battle to defeat her.