By John Shirley
Already optioned for function movie, an unique darkish and gritty city myth novel from acclaimed and award-winning writer John Shirley!
In near-future long island urban, bounty hunter Gabriel Bleak, a guy blessed and cursed being able to speak with the useless, is relentlessly hunted by means of a clandestine govt association with mysterious hyperlinks to his prior. Now Bleak and the Shadow Community—a slowly growing to be underground staff with supernatural abilities—must discover the looming risk led to through these on the top echelons of energy, otherwise hazard a go back to the darkish ages...where an incredible evil awaits.
Vivid, surreal, and suspenseful, Bleak heritage is an intensely exciting learn from an writer whose tales "give off the coolness of top-grade horror" (The manhattan occasions e-book Review).
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An alarm started hooting, earsplittingly loud. Gulcher stepped out and looked around—wondered why the air was so cloudy. It was like they were in a steam bath. But it wasn't steam, it was something else. Like it was the vapor of life itself. Like it's the stuff ghosts are made of, he thought. Like that, but spread out, choking the air. and forming again. and the men howling as they writhed on the floor. And one vaporous face seemed to dominate the others—a bigger face that kept stock-still in the air as the others rotated around it with a slippery, nauseating motion.
Funny to see the clean-shaven man in his suit, complete with a wide, checked tie; his hair smoothed back, his features quite intact, his prominent nose not nibbled by fish. His eyes looking at Bleak from under a thin sheet of dirty water. But he wasn't a corpse; only a confused ghost. “Pal,” Bleak said, “that tie is way out of fashion. You've been under there too long. ” The man's mouth moved. No bubbles came out of it, no sound. “Can't hear you, bro,” Bleak said. “Just let go and drift with the stream.
Something you were told about once you were detained: a law against using paranormal abilities—the real thing, ShadowComm abilities, not the usual fake psychics and pseudowitches. Specifically, it was forbidden to use ShadowComm powers except in a contained and controlled government context. Otherwise, the government claimed, you were doing the equivalent of experimenting with plutonium in your garage. Thought to be that dangerous. Especially since the phenomenon started popping up all over, during the last thirty years.