by Brent Hayward


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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.

  • These stories intersect and wrap around each other, revealing deeply disturbing truths about the artificial world they inhabit.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780980941012
    Publisher: ChiZine Publications
    Publication date: 09/16/2008
    Pages: 240
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
    Age Range: 16 Years

    About the Author

    Brent Hayward was born in London, England, and grew up in Montreal. His short fiction has appeared in various publications, including OnSpec, ChiZine, Horizons SF, Tesseract 14, and the first Chilling Tales anthology. In 2006, his story "Phallex Comes Out" (ChiZine) was nominated for a Story South award for best on-line fiction of that year. In 2008, his first novel, Filaria, was published by CZP. Among other great reviews, Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred write up, calling Filaria 'powerful' and 'beautifully written'. His second novel, The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, also got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was short-listed for the 2012 CBC Bookie Awards. Brent attended the Clarion SF workshop in 1995. For a few years he lived in Poland with his family but is now back in Canada. His third novel, Head Full of Mountains, was published in 2014 and nominated for a Sunburst award. A collection of short stories is forthcoming. He can be reached through his website, By day, he works in the aerospace field.

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