Forrest Aguirre's fiction has appeared in over fifty venues in both speculative and literary venues. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Postscripts, American Letters & Commentary, Gargoyle, Exquisite Corpse, and Apex Magazine, among many other magazines and anthologies. His work has received several honorable mentions in various Year's Best anthologies, and has been shortlisted for the StorySouth Million Writers Award. His first collection of short fiction, Fugue XXIX, is published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Forrest is also a World Fantasy Award recipient and Philip K. Dick Award finalist for his editing of the Leviathan 3 anthology with co-editor Jeff VanderMeer. Forrest lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Archangel Morpheusby Forrest Aguirre
Jeffrey Allbright sells his Wisconsin family farm and leaves his fiancee behind to look for his brother, Jared, who was declared Missing in Action at the Battle of Cantigny during World War I. With only a handful of documents, a photograph, and a lead from a distant German cousin who fought on the other side of the war, he travels to France to begin his… See more details below
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Jeffrey Allbright sells his Wisconsin family farm and leaves his fiancee behind to look for his brother, Jared, who was declared Missing in Action at the Battle of Cantigny during World War I. With only a handful of documents, a photograph, and a lead from a distant German cousin who fought on the other side of the war, he travels to France to begin his search.
After learning from the dead that his brother is not among them, Jeffrey travels to Morocco where he encounters conniving dragomen, the horrors of slavery, and a brewing anti-colonial revolution.
As Jeffrey becomes swept up in events both in the real world and in the world of dreams, the borders between sanity and insanity disappear. He travels to a place where angels and demons are not quite what they seem, dreams and waking experience co-mingle, time has no place, and danger lurks both without and within. The very powers of heaven and hell hedge up the way, testing the strength of his psyche, resolve, and love. He is helped in his quest by Mahanjero, a mystic African guide, and Burroughs, a strange mortal living in the dreamlands. But can he trust Burroughs or Mahanjero as he slips in and out of the waking world and the uncharted regions of dream? More importantly, can he trust himself to discern between what is real and what is not? Only Archangel Morpheus holds the answers.
Forrest Aguirre's short fiction has been published in over fifty venues including Asimov's, Postscripts, Exquisite Corpse, and Gargoyle. Forrest's work has received several honorable mentions in various Year's Best anthologies and his fiction has been a finalist for the StorySouth Million Writers Award. He has won the World Fantasy Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for co-editing the Leviathan 3 anthology.
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This phantasmagorical adventure begins with a man named Jeffrey Allbright travelling to France, hoping to reconnect with his brother, a World War I soldier missing action. He soon discovers that France is not the final destination. With the help of a mystical African guide named Mahanjero, Allbright treks through Morocco and into a netherworld of intrigue and danger, dark carnivals and fun-house mirrors, and a city of oval jade structures inhabited by angels. It's a world that apparently intersects the infamous Interzone of William S. Burroughs, because Burroughs actually shows up to lend Jeffrey a hand (and a gun). Anyone who has listened to recordings of William S. Burroughs, reading or talking, can readily hear his voice when he delivers the two-word admonition to Jeffrey Allbright, "ride last," to keep from being shot in the back. I enjoyed this book very much. Forrest Aguirre is well versed in esoteric knowledge. There are references to magic circles, necromancy, Greek mythology (in one scene, Burroughs descends into the river Lethe of Hades wearing, of all things, a deep-sea diving suit), and even an indirect reference to the Egyptian practice of removing a body's vital organs in prior to mummification. It's a wild ride. Don't stop reading until you break through to the other side.