By John Claude Smith
Whilst enigmatic poet Henry Coronado disappears six months after the hot Year's Eve, 1959, Welcoming Chaos occasion, he's taking with him a profound mystery wrapped in the phrases of his poem, Autumn within the Abyss. Fifty years later, an sick man's learn into Coronado's paintings and existence unearths that poetry can certainly swap the area, or depart it in ruins.
The note is a dwelling thing...and frequently with deadly intentions.
truth is the strangest mirror...
"The tales in John Claude Smith's new assortment take their characters to the boundaries of human event, the areas the place bodies come asunder within the face of the abyss. Positioning his tales within the seams of our cultural background, Smith chronicles the efforts of artists of all stripes poets, musicians, sculptors, filmmakers to wreck via our universal event to a different, extra crucial person who is painted in blood. it is a quest that attracts those artists into proximity with the serial-killer within the book's unmarried and singular story of a police detective's obsessive manhunt. no matter if with pen or carving knife, Smith's characters won't cease until eventually they've got long past too a ways, right into a house the place revelation and terror are a part of an identical, giant thing." John Langan, writer of The vast, Carnivorous Sky and different large Geographies
"These 5 emotionally complicated stories ask, principally, what it capacity to be human in a tempestuous universe. What a part of ourselves can we owe to the pursuit of goodness, particularly if there is no obvious virtue to being solid? How do we outline ourselves within the absence of ethical authority? Blurred traces of identification, the position of the artist, and the character of temptation are explored in those tales of sacrifice and self-destruction. Autumn within the Abyss is one other darkish and eye-catching assortment from a author who isn't really afraid to plumb the depths of our best and most threatening desires." S.P. Miskowski, Shirley Jackson Award nominated writer of The Skillute Cycle
"The most sensible praise for any artist is leaving the viewers desperately short of extra. And that s precisely what John Claude Smith accomplishes with the travel de strength of Autumn within the Abyss. The identify novelette is a wide ranging workout in darkish fable a surreal, unabashedly literary, bad secret with a shocking, heartrending fact at its finish. it is a difficult act to persist with, and but the subsequent 4 stories not just carry their very own, yet sometimes even up the ante. The novelette "Becoming Human" is a chilling mixture of the serial killer style and... whatever even more scary. and 3 shorter stories all percentage a typical gatekeeping personality, as Smith explores a few evening Gallery variety locations that are... simply past the light. clever, creepy, unforeseen ... those are tales from that nightmare region that might stick to you lengthy after middle of the night. Hell, those are tales that may hang-out you underneath the brilliant solar at midday. this is often the best collections i have learn in years!" John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-Winning writer of NightWhere and Violet Eyes
"The Rhythmic movement of John's phrases immediately absorbs you into his global, bringing not just his phrases to lifestyles however the tale as well." Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing