A Betrayal and Other Stories

A Betrayal and Other Stories

by Brian Biswas


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Pen-and-ink illustrations complement each of these nineteen stories spanning the literary genres of magical realism, horror, and science fiction. Through them we are taken on a journey, an examination of the crossroads of life. As the narrator of "In the Garden" deftly puts it, "The world is wonderful and full of magic. He who does not believe it so is dead."

In the title story, "A Betrayal," a doctor travels into the countryside to help a young patient, only to deliver a diagnosis with which the girl's family vehemently disagrees. The peculiar narrator of "Sedgefield's Diary" recoils in horror when he discovers that the hourly diary he keeps has taken on a life of its own and now threatens his very existence. The bereaved wife in "The Lake of Flies" takes matters into her own hands when she learns the truth surrounding her husband's death. In "Barnegat Inn," a strange visitation becomes the background for a poignant recitation on the nature of time. The themes of loss and betrayal between rival siblings are explored in "The Crystal," a story pulsating with an ethereal, otherworldly quality. And in "A Journey Through the Wormhole," a decades-old feud between rival scientists threatens to upend a scientific revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945646416
Publisher: Rogue Star Press
Publication date: 05/14/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Brian Biswas has published dozens of stories in the United States as well as internationally. He writes in a literary style reminiscent of magical realism which attempts to convey a slightly exaggerated but internally consistent sense of reality. He also writes Gothic or neo-Gothic tales, and straightforward horror and science fiction stories, often tinged with fantastic elements. Brian was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in an old neighborhood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Elizabeth, and an ever-changing assortment of animals.

Table of Contents


The Bridge. 1

A Betrayal. 3

The Crystal. 9

Tramp. 19

In the Garden. 27

The Museum of North African Treasures. 33

This Old Man. 45

Sedgefield’s Diary. 55

The Strange Story of Saxon’s Hill. 65

The Lake of Flies. 81

Solitary Confinement. 95

Love in a High-Tech Age. 107

The Roses of Charon. 119

A Journey Through the Wormhole. 131

2038: A Mars Odyssey. 145

The Miners of Erin. 163

Barnegat Inn. 179

The Worms of Titan. 191

Puff. 209

About the Author. 221

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