Friday, October 06, 2006

Fiends by Torchlight by Wayne Allen Sallee

You should buy this book, and I don't usually say that about things I haven't read yet.

But I have no doubt it's a collection of top quality short fiction of the wry and twisted variety. Wayne, a Chicago-based writer frequenly found on the "L" Train, has been my friend for many years now, and he has consistently produced out-of-the-ordinary tales that frequently landed in "Years Best Horror" collections.

I will give more specifics about Fiends by Torchlight, but trust me, don't wait for that. Find a copy now and look for other stuff by Wayne including the chapbook "For You, The Living," one of the finest zombie stories ever, and his novel The Holy Terror, a piece of urban literature in the guise of a serial-killer thriller.

It features a character known as The American Dream, and you should also look for short stories by Wayne about TAD in any guise.

4 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I second your recommendation for Fiends by Torchlight. I've actually seen a couple of stories from this collection and they were great. I'm sure the rest will live up to that promise. Wayne's never disappointed me yet.

Sidney said...

Ah, Charles, I forgot you wrote the intro to it. That's another reason to read it!

Stewart Sternberg said...

Okay, I didn't write the intro, I didn't do any illustrations...but after leaving this posting, I'm going to go and order a copy.

Charles Gramlich said...

The intro is understated. I think I only used words like crazy and insane a few times.

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