by John Alfred Taylor
Dust jacket by Jason Van Hollander
Limited Edition Hardcover - $40.00
Fine in fine dj; new and unread, direct from the publisher
Ash-Tree Press, 2008; 186 pp; limited to 400 copies
JOHN ALFRED TAYLOR (b. 1931) has been writing strange tales since the late 1960s, with stories appearing in The Twilight Zone Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, Ghosts & Scholars, Grue, and others.
Hell Is Murky offers twenty of his strange tales, set in locations as far apart as the Los Angeles freeway system and the Scottish Higlands.
Here you will encounter characters as diverse and strange as a Victorian contortionist; a devilishly hungry lost ancestor; a fortune-telling hand; a Mithraic sect; and the founder of a school who leaves quite an impression on his pupils and faculty.
Four of the stories in the collection see their first publication here: 'Ventura to San Diego to Foothill'; 'The Limber Man'; 'A Man to My Wounding'; and 'What Would Mr Raven Say?'
John taught at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, for many years, and has more time to write now that he is retired. Hell Is Murky is the first collection of his stories to be published.
Hell is Murky
Ventura to San Diego to Foothill
The Limber Man
When the Cat's Away
Bird in a Wrought Iron Cage
Like a Black Dandelion
Cold Dead Fingers
The Weight of Zero
I Hae Dream'd a Dreary Dream
The Shorn Lamb
Gie Me Somethin' Ta Eat Afore I Dee
A Man to My Wounding
The Game of Nine
The City of Dreadful Snow
The Hounds of Persephone
Passing the Love of Women
Where Your Treasure Is
What Would Mr Raven Say?