HEAD FULL OF MOUNTAINS
Hot off the press. “When Crospinal’s ailing father finally dies, he is left alone in the pen, surrounded by encroaching darkness. The machines that tended to him as a child have long ago vanished, and the apparitions that kept Crospinal company are now silenced. Struggling with congenital issues, outfitted in a threadbare uniform, he has little choice but to leave what was once his home, soon discovering that nothing in the outside world is how he had been told it would be. In his quest for meaning and understanding, and the contact of another, Crospinal learns truths about himself, about his father, and about the last bastion of humanity trapped with him at the end of time.”
THE FECUND’S MELANCHOLY DAUGHTER
“Clouds over Nowy Solum have not parted in a hundred years. Gods have deserted their temples. In the last days of a dying city, the decadent chatelaine chooses a forbidden lover, separating twin outcasts and setting them on independent trajectories that might finally bring down the palace. Then, screaming from the skies, a lone god reappears, briefly, and a limbless prophet is carried through South Gate, into Nowy Solum, with a message for all: beyond the city, something ancient and monumental has come awake!”
“Four inhabitants of a crumbling world: a drug-addled boy, living in dank recesses, sets out in an ancient car to find his ex, who has mysteriously vanished overnight; a privileged girl, obsessed with the past, and exiled by her esteemed father, learns more about her long-vanished ancestors than she ever could have wished for; an old man, on his hundredth birthday, deserts his quiet post as an elevator operator, climbing the great shaft in hopes of seeing the fabled topmost level before he dies; and a fisherman, seeking answers to why his once-vibrant wife is now chronically ailing and wasting away, begins a quest to find and confront the god of all gods.”
I’d always wanted to crack the Tesseract series. At one point, I was going have two stories in this one: Sam Fine (within), and The Vassal (which ended up in the hardcover to The Fecund). Sam Fine was inspired by a Jerry Springer episode. He and co-joined sisters sang back up for some country star. Something inside my head snapped.
Michael Kelly is a great editor and I’m fortunate enough to have a story in this, the first Chilling Tales anthology. There are some really great writers in here. If you haven’t already, check out Shadows and Tall Trees, Michael’s publication of smart horror.