Picking the Bones

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Dying is easy. Living is hard.

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"Dark fiction so numbing cold and cutting edge you better hold onto your ass with your free hand...There are no simple 'entertainments' or cheap grabs for the throat to be found here. Hodge is deadly serious about presenting a world where the worst punishment is the mere fact that you are aware you will probably live to see another day."

So wrote critic Stanley Wiater about Brian Hodge's renowned first ...

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Overview

Dying is easy. Living is hard.

"Step back, back into the world of 1996..."

"Dark fiction so numbing cold and cutting edge you better hold onto your ass with your free hand...There are no simple 'entertainments' or cheap grabs for the throat to be found here. Hodge is deadly serious about presenting a world where the worst punishment is the mere fact that you are aware you will probably live to see another day."

So wrote critic Stanley Wiater about Brian Hodge's renowned first short fiction collection, The Convulsion Factory. Three collections later, nothing has changed.

Well...maybe one or two trifling entertainments. A couple of cheap grabs for some body part or another. But that's about it. There are still plenty of fates worse than death.

And the time has now come to advance to the fourth circle of Hell, whose 17 stations include:

  • The award-winning "With Acknowledgments to Sun Tzu," in which a hardened photojournalist glimpses the face behind the atrocities of war...
  • "The Passion of the Beast," a report on the arcane origins and tragic premier of the flipside version of Mel Gibson's most famous movie...
  • "The Firebrand Symphony," which seeds Lovecraftian terrors in the unlikely realms of vintage psychedelia and cinematic sound design...
  • "Brushed In Blackest Silence," the chapter in the life of Dracula's Van Helsing that reunited Hodge with Dell/Abyss mastermind Jeanne Cavelos...
  • "Hate the Sinner, Love the Sin," which finds one of the Middle Ages' seven towers of darkest iniquity thriving in modern-day Los Angeles...

Dying is easy. Living is hard. And forces beyond your control have a bone to pick with you.

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Hodge explores the nature of humankind's deepest fears and worst failings in his eclectic fourth dark fiction collection (after 2002's Lies and Ugliness). Eloquent, intensely intimate, and infused with existential angst, each of the 17 stories packs a powerful thematic punch. The haunting "With Acknowledgments to Sun Tzu" is a war correspondent's chronicle of the horrific atrocities he has witnessed. "The Firebrand Symphony" is a Lovecraftian tale of a sound technician examining the noise emanating from a gigantic humanoid skull. In "An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Flesh," the lives of a middle-aged investment banker and a bullied teenager dovetail with deadly consequences. The diversity and quality of stories will more than satisfy longtime horror and dark fantasy fans, and will have new readers hastily seeking out Hodge's earlier works. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587672200
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Hodge is the author of ten novels featuring many diverse flavors of horror and crime. A repeat offender in various year's-best anthologies - including for 2010 - he's also written close to 100 short stories and novellas, many of which have been sutured together into three earlier collections. His works have been translated into several languages, including French, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Japanese.
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Table of Contents

With Acknowledgments To Sun Tzu
If I Should Wake Before I Die
The Passion of the Beast
De Fortuna
The Firebrand Symphony
Brushed In Blackest Silence
Pull
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Flesh
And They Will Come In The Hour of Our Greatest Need
Re: Your Application of 5/5
Where the Black Stars Fall
When the Silence Gets Too Loud
Guardian
Hate the Sinner, Love the Sin
A Good Dead Man Is Hard To Find
Our Turn Too Will One Day Come
When the Bough Doesn't Break
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