Roads of Last Resort

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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

Authored by 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
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Fantasy / Short Stories

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