The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Releases
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The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse by Douglas Hackle, Dustin Reade, G. Arthur Brown, and S.T. Cartlege.

The Strange Edge’s first official release features four absurreal novelettes from Douglas Hackle, Dustin Reade, G. Arthur Brown, and S.T. Cartledge.

The Ballad of TERROR TINY TIM (Hackle): In an absurd world where the letter “r” has yet to be discovered, something evil is said to lurk behind a locked door in a suburban sex dungeon where a kidnapped father and an incestuous bigamist named You-Don’t-Have-To-Be-Lonely-At-Farmers-Only-Dot-Com find themselves imprisoned for life.

The Canal (Reade): As lawyers quote Melville and insects use public transit, one man has the audacity to become an adorable little kitty cat.

I Took One Apple to the Grave (Brown): In the time of the board game Risk, a sergeant attends to an elderly, dying man as fairy tale events transpire, sometimes to contradictory effect, while they wait for The Wolves to arrive and fulfill the often repeated and even more often revised Prophecy.

Wizard and Robot in the Land of Sand and Bones (Cartledge): A robot and a wizard made of glass wander a dreamscape of shifting sand dunes, searching through the ruins for signs of life, but what they find is far wilder than they could have expected.

Praise for The Four Gentlemen of the Apocalypse.

“In the tradition of Three Cases of Murder, this four sided apocalypse hymn will set your nerves to dizzy. The Strange Edge has brewed up something wicked, tasty. Drink it up and feel that darkness.” — Brian Allen Carr, author of Motherfucking Sharks and The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World

“I am emerging from a night infused with confusion and discomfort. I sat myself down, did my best to tend to ongoing hydration issues, and began reading the words of these four apocalyptic gentlemen. A brief sojourn with unusual words became more, tempting me toward the sort of all-nighter I haven’t pulled since my brief obsession with the American Ninja movies in the 90s. And here I am… evolved in some way. Douglas Hackle, Dustin Read, G. Arthur Brown and S.T. Cartledge. Four names, each rather unexceptional in a purely linguistic context, but behind these names reside people, and within these people reside ideas. It’s these ideas… these sickening, hilarious, thought-provoking, worryingly arousing ideas you must be careful of. Sure… reading these ideas can be achieved in one frantic night, but they linger beyond the act of reading them. They insinuate themselves and become a component of who you are. These four gentlemen of the apocalypse know what they’re doing, and I struggle to think of any who can do it better. This blurb is long, but how could it be anything else? How else can I both tempt you toward and warn you away? Read this collection. I have faith your mind can take it, but if instead these words take your mind, please don’t say I didn’t warn you. For those dissuaded by grandiloquent musings within blurbage, there is also a character called Wasilly.” — Matthew Revert, author of Basal Ganglia and Human Trees (less)

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