Remember a while back I showed you this cover?
And told you about my story – “Don’t Toot Your Horn?”
Unlike the sax, the trombone blasts its way onto the scene, sliding like a triumphant runner into third base, giving the rest of the band a neener-neener as it brushes itself off and accepts the accolades of the crowd.You needed a certain kind of arrogance to pick up a trombone, and you needed even more to keep playing until you got the hang of it.
Dax had been playing since he was eleven, his battered second-hand horn squeaking and slipping until it finally bowed to his will. He’d worked so many nightclubs and offsite shows, he’d forgotten more than he’d ever remember, one gig sliding until another until he couldn’t remember sleeping, either.
He’d done all the classics: booze, sex, pills, then shooting it straight into his veins, but it hadn’t been until he wandered down the wrong alley one night, half out of his mind with exhaustion and speed, that he’d figured it out. Mad City.
Well, it’s out! The coolest original anthology of the year, if I do say so myself.
Down a lonely alleyway, under a starless sky, lies a city that never was, yet is: the Mad City, where nightmares walk the streets, and a good night’s sleep can get you killed.
Here, then, is a book from that place. Within these recovered pages are the tales of the Awake, insomniacs who’ve walked those perilous streets, bringing a bit of the power of dream with them to fight back the night—always at a terrible cost.
For many, it will not end well. For a few, they might just become heroes—or at least find their way back home.
For you, a choice. Turn away. Don’t read this book. And maybe you’ll continue to rest easy. Or open the cover and enter a world unlike any you’ve ever dared to imagine…
Edited by Chuck Wendig and featuring the stories of…
- Stephen Blackmoore
- Harry Connolly
- Rich Dansky
- Matt Forbeck
- Laura Anne Gilman
- Will Hindmarch
- Mur Lafferty
- Robin D. Laws
- Ryan Macklin
- C. E. Murphy
- Josh Roby
- Greg Stolze
- Monica Valentinelli