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Aftershock & Others: 19 Oddities by F. Paul Wilson
Review by Drew Bittner
Forge Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312778
Date: 17 March 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

It's a rare treat to have a collection of F. Paul Wilson's short stories--he does them infrequently but is terrific at the form. These 19 tales represent not only a far-ranging representation of his imagination and writing skill, they are also a trip through time: Wilson has chosen stories that illustrate specific years in his career, providing commentary on what makes the story special to him.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Aftershock & Others is the third collection of short fiction by New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson, hailed by the Rocky Mountain News as "among the finest storytellers of our times."

The title novelette won the Bram Stoker Award and its companions touch on the past, present, and future—from the inflationary insanity of Weimar Germany ("Aryans and Absinthe") to disco club–era Manhattan ("When He Was Fab"), to the rationing of medical services in a grim near future ("Offshore"). Wilson's stylistic diversity and versatility are on display in stories that pay tribute to Ray Bradbury ("The November Game"), use a sentient killer virus as a point-of-view character ("Lysing toward Bethlehem"), and pay unabashed homage to pure pulp fiction in two yellow peril stories ("Sex Slaves of the Dragon Tong" and "Part of the Game"). And finally, Wilson treats us to his popular antihero Repairman Jack at his most inventive: trapped in a drugstore with four killers ("Interlude at Duane's").

(Source: Forge Books)

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