Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp - John Helfers (editor)

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp
John Helfers (editor)
WMG, Sep 9 2015, $15.99
ISBN: 9781561466382

“The Revolt of the Philosophers of Fomalhaul” by Phaeda Weldon.  Raziel orders Aaron to kill the child or eternally fall from grace.

“Marvelous Contrivance of the Heart” by Cat Rambo.  Rosie hates Mike’s life-like dollhouse creations.

“The Flower of the Tabernacle” by Annie Reed.  The cop investigates a suicide at St. Bart Church.

“Lost in the Tarnished Cube” by Thomas K. Carpenter.  Vance chooses between foreclosure and a century of indentured servitude to a Dryad.

“Crypt of the Metal Ghouls” by Angela Penrose.  The teens enter the ancient ruins of Ghoulhouse only to learn how it got its name.

“The Imperfect Otter Empire” by Dayle A. Dermatis.  Depressed Alyse meets Matt at the otter exhibit.

“The Unknowable Mansion of the Night” by Sandra M. Odell.  The zombie bar refuses to serve the deadhead.

“The Portal of Wrong Love” by Dean Wesley Smith.  Front Desk Girl tells Poker Boy a couple vanished on the Strip.

“Sacred Poet from the Future” by Kelly Cairo.  To change the future, Robert came to the past.

“Swamp of the Prehistoric Clan” by Christy Fifield.  Hating their condo’s living conditions the “Fossils” revolt.

“The Magnificent Citadel” by Rebecca M. Senese.  Loathing schoolmate Tracy, Charlotte makes her vanish.

“Night of the Dancing Champions” by Kristine Katheryn Rusch.  In 1941 Gertie jitterbugged with a man who kept dancing even in death.

“The Delicatessen from Beyond the Monolith” by Lisa Silverthorne.  Cheating Brittany finds out her spouse the cop died on the job.

“Prism of the Crab Gods” by Kelly Washington.  Oval Soccer Ball, Lopsided Spiderman and Intertwining Hearts protect the frightened child.

“The Gleaming Crater” by Thea Hutcheson.  Willia, Janos the mage and Gymat the cat trek to learn why the Crogrom flee the Plains.

These enjoyable twisting short stories seem more like a stop in the Twilight Zone than pulp fiction.

Harriet Klausner

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