Edited via Simon Strantzas, "Aickman's Heirs" is an anthology of wierd, bizarre stories by means of smooth visionaries of peculiar fiction, within the milieu of Robert Aickman, the grasp of wierd and ambiguous tales. Editor and writer Strantzas, a major determine in bizarre fiction, has been hailed because the inheritor to Aickman's oeuvre, and is supreme to edit this interesting quantity. that includes all-original tales from Brian Evenson, Lisa Tuttle, John Langan, Helen Marshall, Michael Cisco, and others.
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I wax my chest hair. You舗d never think I was a god. It舗s a truth often overlooked that old gods舒like old dogs舒have to die sometime. It just takes longer, that舗s all; and in the meantime citadels may fall, empires collapse, worlds end and folk like us end up on the pile, redundant and largely forgotten. In many ways, I舗ve been fortunate. My element is fire, which never quite goes out of style. )舒after dark, when the campfires are lit. And the dry lightning strikes across the plains舒yes, they舗re mine舒and the forest fires; and the funeral pyres and the random sparks and the human torches舒all mine.
Badly. The badly was recent, and dreadful. The itch, the urge, the leaking tongue舒it was absolutely dreadful. He wasn舗t sure when it had started. He was, though舒he knew when he舗d become aware. -How d舗you want your steak? -Raw. His wife had laughed. But he舗d been telling her the truth. He wanted the slab of meat she was holding over the pan, raw and now舒fuck the pan, it wasn舗t needed. He could feel muscles holding him back, and other muscles fighting for him舒neck muscles, jaw muscles. Then he woke.
You have 14,600 days to live. That舗s fine, thanks. As he lay on the bed, he felt happy. The urge was gone, because he understood. His mind was fine, but something in him had been running amok. His biology, or something like that. Not long ago, only a few generations back, he舗d have been dead already or at least drooling and toothless. Middle age and the autumn years were modern concepts. His brain understood them, but his biology舒his manhood舒didn舗t. He only had a few years of riding left舒that was what biology thought.