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Cacophony

Collected Short Stories Volume I

 

The back of the bent woman's neck and what little Joe could see of her cheek glowed as though defying the wind. Yet her hands twisting in the coat remained so frail; chalk fingers.
He gnawed his cheek and buried himself trying to yank the little soldier's pants back up, but with limited success. The cold had made a marble statue out of the lad ...

In the dim swampland of his mind Boris Bulgaris has always dreamed of working with fast food. The government executes people who fly as "terrorists", but Guntarc knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds. A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, and she will desperately wish that she had.

For the first time eight of BP Gregory's unusual and sometimes horrifying short stories are available to enjoy together in Cacophony, annotated with bonus snippets of background lore from the author, and taken together the true taste of humanity will emerge.

Cacophony includes ...

Promise

The government controls the air, executing anyone who dares fly as "terrorists". But Guntarc secretly knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds.

What a View

The billboard was leviathan, blotting out the sky. The only thing Meredith had ever loved. And, tapping a rifle thoughtfully against her leg, she was determined to keep her bold advertisement dominating the entire world's view. With violence, if necessary.

Follow

Everything Mary had ever known of warmth, comfort and pleasure was wrapped tenderly in the memory of her man's skin, and the mustiness of green wool. But now, adrift on frozen battlefields Mary and Joe wander amid corpses with only memories to keep them warm.

Drive

I was never a nervous driver until my Becky got her license. But then I discovered a car is also a weapon; every father's nightmare, and every mother's secret dream.

 

The Man's Heart

Just as with his father, the man's time was measured carefully for him before he was the man, or even the boy. And thus every step of life dances on, orchestrated to a set number of heartbeats.

Commitment

Lovely Tiffany can hear the amorous folk upstairs, wistfully recalling when she and her boyfriend were just like that. Disturbingly, when the racket turns violent it's still just as she remembers. But what, exactly, does she remember?

It's All About the Love

​In the dim swampland of his mind Boris has always dreamed of working with fast food. And if spotty, squealing Pannager the Manager thinks he can stop him, he has another rather horrible thing coming ...

The Elevator Story

A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, but she will desperately wish that she had.

 

... and now includes special bonus short story Abstract

Abstract

It had only slowly dawned that he was in fact subsisting in a flat beneath General Fucking Broncawei, a war criminal. But once it had, every creak and shudder of the ceiling became ominous.

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