The DoubleDown series continues with two novellas that cast mid-twentieth-century America in a dark light.
In Smog, tomboy Joey thinks she's got the perfect life: It's 1965 and she lives in an idyllic Southern California suburb where everyone works for the aerospace industry. But when something goes wrong with a rocket test, the smog thickens and the teenagers change into rampaging killers. Can Joey survive long enough to escape the neighborhood before she joins their ranks?
Joey Third will gamble on anything, but the old suitcase he wins at a baggage auction turns out to be a bad bet. Inside is a record player, and the song it repeats lures the listener to surrender to its mysterious voice. Charlie Stewart senses the music's intent, but can he find a way to turn it off forever, or will the cursed song possess the souls of all who listen?
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About the Author
Eric J. Guignard writes and edits dark fiction from his office in Los Angeles. He has over fifty publishing credits for stories and articles in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Although his passion is for fiction, he’s also a technical writer and a published essayist including such diverse topics as genealogy, woodworking, banking, and ecology.
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Smog - Lisa Morton A coming of age story with a twist. Drawn back to the mid-60ies when the world was completely different that what we know today. The cold war was still what it was and the Russians were the villains to look out for. Secret scientific experiments for the government prove the villain to be closer to home. In the end the protagonist is presented with a choice, the choice of giving in and becoming one of the crowd, or be her own individual self and stand up for what she beliefs in and for what she sees as the right thing to do. Baggage of Eternal Night - Eric J. Guignard A creepy story where the past can come back to haunt us once again - if we let it. Mr Guignard mixes fact and fiction to create a wonderful story which not only gives us historical background on one of Russia's most notorious sons of the past, who mesmerized a nation and specifically a Czarina, but also a page-turning experience and a view of how life was in the early 1960. The story kept me reading page after page in one sitting, which is something that rarely happens.
This is the second volume from Journalstone books as part of their Double Down series. Also this happens to be a second success. The Double Down brings together two novellas with similar themes, each wrote by a different author. In this book it is Smog by Lisa Morton and Baggage of Eternal Night by Eric J. Guignard. Smog was a fast paced gruesome horror tale in which chemicals from aerospace engineering plants contaminate the air, mixing with the smog over a valley in Southern California during the 1950’s. The effects particularly affect teenagers going through puberty. The main character is a girl, just on the cusp of puberty, and before it affects her, she sees what happens to her older sibling and the other teenagers on the block. It isn’t pretty. Mostly, imagine Children of the Corn. Baggage of Eternal Night was a very atmospheric story, rich in plot and refreshingly well written. It too is horror, but of a quieter tone. It is Detroit in the 1960’s and two professional gamblers bid regularly in the baggage auctions, which are lost suitcases and things left behind. One man wins a haunted record player and its song begins to brainwash people until they are transposed into an alternate land where a certain monster resides. The story was very smart and gripping. Both stories were well done, both books are (this and the first volume). There are a few more volumes coming over the next couple years and hoping the level of quality carries through.