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.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dax had been playing since he was eleven, his battered second-hand horn squeaking and slipping until it finally bowed to his will. Heâ€™d worked so many nightclubs and offsite shows, heâ€™d forgotten more than heâ€™d ever remember, one gig sliding until another until he couldnâ€™t remember sleeping, either.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Heâ€™d done all the classics: booze, sex, pills, then shooting it straight into his veins, but it hadnâ€™t been until he wandered down the wrong alley one night, half out of his mind with exhaustion and speed, that heâ€™d figured it out.Â Â Mad City.
Well, it’s out!Â The coolest original anthology of the year, if I do say so myself.Â
Down a lonely alleyway, under a starless sky, lies a city that never was, yet is: theÂ 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 theÂ Awake,Â insomniacs who’ve walked those perilous streets, bringing a bit of the power of dream with them to fight back the nightâ€”always at a terrible cost.
For many, it will not end well. For a few, they might just become heroesâ€”or at least find their way back home.
For you, a choice. Turn away.Â Don’t read this book.Â 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
- HarryÂ Connolly
- RichÂ Dansky
- Matt Forbeck
- LauraÂ AnneÂ Gilman
- WillÂ Hindmarch
- MurÂ Lafferty
- RobinÂ D.Â Laws
- RyanÂ Macklin
- C. E. Murphy
- JoshÂ Roby
- Greg Stolze
- Monica Valentinelli