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While genre icon George Zebrowski may be best known for his science fiction works "of Stapledonian magnitude" (as described by Howard Waldrop in the collection's foreword) -- Macrolife, Brute Orbits, Cave of Stars, et al. -- he is also an accomplished horror writer. Black Pockets and Other Dark Thoughts is not only Zebrowski's first-ever compilation of horror stories, it's one of the most thematically diverse and profoundly thought-provoking collections of speculative fiction to come along in years.
The book is divided into three sections -- Personal, Political, and Metaphysical -- which include stories about individual terrors, societal horrors, and (according to Waldrop) "stories that should scare the whole goddamn human race." Noteworthy selections include "I Walked with Fidel," a story about a deposed and terminally ill Castro continuing life as a glassy-eyed zombie; and "The Coming of Christ the Joker," which chronicles the Second Coming of Jesus as he suddenly materializes on The Larry King Show and discusses the "bureaucratization of ethics" with King and fellow guest Gore Vidal. A troubled executive with a bizarre sleeping disorder confronts her deepest fears in "Jumper," and "A Piano Full of Dead Spiders" explores the increasingly disturbed mind of a renowned pianist as he searches for his lost creative spark.
As if the 19 stories included in Black Pockets and Other Dark Thoughts weren't enough, the spectacular cover art by legendary artist Bob Eggleton makes this limited-run short story collection an absolutely essential addition to the libraries of horror and science fiction fans alike. Paul Goat Allen