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Label: Chaotic Terrain Press
Manufacturer: Chaotic Terrain Press
Number Of Pages: 258
Publication Date: 2016-12-14
Publisher: Chaotic Terrain Press
Studio: Chaotic Terrain Press
Short stories everyone should read.
When Earth Whispers & Other Tales is a collection of 26 science-fiction, contemporary fantasy, humor, horror, and literary stories, some previously published, that range in length from flash-fiction to novelette. Nearly two dozen original B&W photographs illustrate the stories.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“The Gingerbread Puppet Boy” Another new spin on a familiar yarn.
“Arrangements” A retail plant nursery owner whose wife has died arranges flowers and something far more significant.
“Miss Thurman’s Intervention” Barry, a 20ish neat-nik, insists on cleaning the house of the elderly Miss T, a compulsive hoarder.
“The Shoreless Ocean of Eternity” What if the Holocaust never happened and time is not real?
“When Earth Whispers” Third in the timeline of the Jonathan T. Barron paranormal mystery tales (but written first), WEW tells how an earthquake in Lynchville, California triggered a whole series of horrible events.
“Guest Lecture” Professor Gimbel has written a humorous book on Zombie Theology, and by the middle of his big university lecture tour, the subject suddenly isn’t funny anymore because of a shocking world-wide phenomenon.
“Not the Wrong Planet” Specialist Johnten, an anthropologist recruited for the extraordinary, exploratory voyage of the UNSS Radiant, is a lonely, awkward fellow who has given up hope of finding sentient alien life.
“I’m Not a Baby Anymore” A homeless man called “Dad” adopts Henry, who doesn’t look like him at all.
“Demon Dragonfly” A slave and his little sister acquire powerful tools for winning freedom and dignity during the Song Dynasty in China.
“Deprescience” When you are suffering from unbearably painful loss…
“Spark” Three boys living at the edge of the universe embark upon an epic lark.
“The Cruller Twist” What happens when what you delight in most, dessert, becomes a poison?
“Just Cold” Based on the real life of a young homeless man who died behind an empty building in Asheville. A happy Christmas version.
“Turtle of the World” First in the Jonathan T. Barron timeline, Jon travels to western North Carolina to investigate a possible appearance of Sasquatch, but what actually might be the end of all humanity.
“The Tragedy of Bernie the Homeless” Bernie stops living in the forest.
“Genius” Brad created a miraculous apparatus, but nobody believes him.
“Baptism” When your mother is incoherent in the hospital.
“Attack of the Gravid Amazons” A childless professional couple whose marriage is on the rocks makes one last try—on a bug watching expedition to Borneo's jungles. Then, Earth is invaded.
“Odd Fellows” Second in the JTB paranormal thriller timeline, a teen-age mountain biker and her boy-cousin with a largish nose witness the abduction of a cute Russian librarian.
“Homesick” Raiden shows up with his horse in the middle of the night at a well-lit, welcoming house on Roanoke Island on the coast of NC.
“The Greenlandic Windows” Jonathan Barron and his new bride, a former police officer, have been invited by the Circle to research an inexplicable stone house on a remote coastline of Greenland, a house that predates Europeans, perhaps even mankind.
“Leaving Roanoke Island” Further adventures with the characters of “Homesick.”
“Denying the Signs” When a hurricane threatens Roanoke Island and the NC coast, our characters must evacuate. (Takes place prior to “Leaving”.)
“Dreaming is Believing” What if dreams aren’t dreams?
“Ships Passing in the Night” A scientific, mind-bending expansion of “Not the Wrong Planet.”
“Skirmishing for Food” Tiny cosmic ants overwhelm Matt and Julie’s kitchen counter.
Extras: Author’s notes on the stories.