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By John Claude Smith

Whilst enigmatic poet Henry Coronado disappears six months after the hot Year's Eve, 1959, Welcoming Chaos occasion, he's taking with him a profound mystery wrapped in the phrases of his poem, Autumn within the Abyss. Fifty years later, an unwell man's examine into Coronado's paintings and lifestyles finds that poetry can certainly swap the area, or depart it in ruins.

The notice is a residing thing...and usually with deadly intentions.

truth is the strangest mirror...

"The tales in John Claude Smith's new assortment take their characters to the boundaries of human adventure, the areas the place bodies come asunder within the face of the abyss. Positioning his tales within the seams of our cultural background, Smith chronicles the efforts of artists of all stripes poets, musicians, sculptors, filmmakers to damage via our universal adventure to a different, extra crucial one who is painted in blood. it is a quest that pulls those artists into proximity with the serial-killer within the book's unmarried and singular story of a police detective's obsessive manhunt. no matter if with pen or carving knife, Smith's characters won't cease until eventually they've got long gone too a ways, right into a area the place revelation and terror are a part of an analogous, titanic thing." John Langan, writer of The extensive, Carnivorous Sky and different titanic Geographies

"These 5 emotionally advanced stories ask, particularly, what it skill to be human in a tempestuous universe. What a part of ourselves will we owe to the pursuit of goodness, specially if there isn't any obvious virtue to being strong? How do we outline ourselves within the absence of ethical authority? Blurred strains of id, the position of the artist, and the character of temptation are explored in those tales of sacrifice and self-destruction. Autumn within the Abyss is one other darkish and pleasing assortment from a author who isn't really afraid to plumb the depths of our best and most threatening desires." S.P. Miskowski, Shirley Jackson Award nominated writer of The Skillute Cycle

"The top praise for any artist is leaving the viewers desperately short of extra. And that s precisely what John Claude Smith accomplishes with the travel de strength of Autumn within the Abyss. The name novelette is a wide ranging workout in darkish fable a surreal, unabashedly literary, terrible secret with a stunning, heartrending fact at its finish. it is a tricky act to stick to, and but the following 4 stories not just carry their very own, yet sometimes even up the ante. The novelette "Becoming Human" is a chilling mixture of the serial killer style and... anything even more scary. and 3 shorter stories all proportion a typical gatekeeping personality, as Smith explores a few evening Gallery sort locations that are... simply past the light. shrewdpermanent, creepy, unforeseen ... those are tales from that nightmare region that may stick to you lengthy after middle of the night. Hell, those are tales that would hang-out you underneath the intense sunlight at midday. this is often the best collections i have learn in years!" John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-Winning writer of NightWhere and Violet Eyes

"The Rhythmic move of John's phrases immediately absorbs you into his global, bringing not just his phrases to lifestyles however the tale as well." Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing

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