Don’t Read This Book! (You Can Read it Now!)

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. 

and you can order it here

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

EHP1002 • ISBN 978-1-61317-012-0
Book: 200 pages • Softcover • 5.5″x8.5″
eBook formats: PDF, Kindle, Nook, iBooks

2 thoughts on “Don’t Read This Book! (You Can Read it Now!)”

  1. Blind-sided by fiction for one of my favorite RPGs! Excellent!

    Also, Laura, please put a Buy Now button up somewhere. I also left the page before realizing that the line above the credits was a link to the product. Help me give you money. :D

  2. James,

    I didn’t have time this morning to generate buy buttons for every single venue offering it [being under several oncoming deadlines] so I linked it to the site that already DID have that. Will clarify the “buy here” link for those who haven’t had their coffee yet. ;-)

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