Del James unleashes an extraordinary collection of snapshots from hell—our hell. Here are spine-chilling stories of everyday people, all caught up in terrible urges—sex and obsession, addiction and violence—all sharing the universal language of fear. . . .
A heavy-metal dreamer locked in a savage war with his television set. An artist seduced by a vampire. Two boys trapped by an urban legend come to life—or a drug-induced nightmare. A modern-day gladiator engaged in a brutal death match. A rock-and-roll star who years to be with the one good woman he has ever known—and so ignites a blaze of mad destruction.
Praise for The Language of Fear
“The Language of Fear is spoken in tunes of rock'n'roll, of barking dogs and net-trapped fish, of acid-sizzled flesh and tattoo needles, and after these few lessons, you'll speak it too.”—Cemetery Dance
“Pissed-off, heartbroken rock'n'roll horror: surprisingly tender, garage-band crude, savage as a shotgun blast and audacious as an exit wound.”—John Skipp
“After a hard day in Hell, James writes down what he saw. Good reading.”—John Shirley
“Best described as an updated Night Shift, the contemporary tales [are] short and nasty.”—Cindy Baum, Scream Magazine
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Unrelenting precipitation hung over San Francisco like a moist cloud, a heat fog found inside an oven that’s been left on too long. For the last ten days, the temperature had remained lodged in the nineties and was showing no signs of weakening. In one decayed section of town, a series of bus graveyards filled block after block, the stripped carcasses bleeding rust. German shepherds patrolled the lots and kept vagrants and runaways from living inside the buses, which technically were still city property. At the end of the graveyards stood a shabby apartment building, a memorial to this dying place.
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This is, quite possibly, the GREATEST set of stories ever compiled. Del James and W. Axl Rose did an awsome job on this.