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About the author:
Daniel Tyler Gooden was born and raised outside of Kansas City. He spent too short a time in New Orleans, but picked up a wife and a persistent southern twang, then brought them both back to midtown Kansas City.
His writing ranges between literature, fantasy, and horror, and is at the moment preoccupied with a novel of personal apocalypse, a hundred-years war, bicycle cavalry, and Google-overlaid reality causing magic to swell again into the world as man forgets to believe in physics.
Roads of Last Resort
Daniel Tyler Gooden
Thirteen stories in a mix of modern lit, magic surrealism, and outright fantasy:
A sniper forgotten by time glimpses the world between shots and hibernation.
Beau takes his arsonist grandfather on one last burn.
When an airship is fueled by chaotic magic, a young engineer finds accidents are harsh and unforgiving.
Old man Kinney has secrets locked away in his head, until dementia makes him forget to forget.
When a dead god chooses you for a companion, there is no place to hide.
Reliving happy memories, 87 million citizens hibernate as the world decays around them.
These...and stranger tales.
I have no good explanation for this collection of stories. I wish I could line them up in a particular genre, or trace a common theme between them, but I cannot. Some of these are rooted in dreams, (I woke late one night, terrified, with the words "wind the horns!" struggling out of my throat. As I fell asleep again, I dreamed that particular tale) and others just came to me from odd corners. If anything, they are all odd, and for me that is enough. I hope they take you to the same weird places they took me. Thanks for reading.
Praise for the 13 stories collected here, and other writings:
"At some point in the story, I found myself almost wishing to be burned, which must mean that this story is doing something remarkable. It's full of great details -- like the sound of Leon's lighter, which manages to be both ominous and seductive. -Matt Williamson, Editor of Unstuck Books.
"Gooden's prose is smooth, his descriptions vivid, his characters deep and engaging. -Scott Colby, author of Shotgun.
"Frequently, fantasy tales fit within certain predictable guidelines. This one is fresh and new" -CelticCowgirl, Amazon review.
- Publication Date:
- 1532742746 / 9781532742743
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.25" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories