With 75 books and over 300 anthology appearances to his credit, William F. Nolan (author of Logan’s Run) is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award. Most recently, he accepted the International Guilds Living Legend Award for 2002.
This is the first collection of Nolan’s horror fiction and verse to share a single volume. Four chilling tales of murder and madness, guns and obsession steam the pages of this haunting book, including “In Real Life,” chosen for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
Delve into Nolan’s darkest worlds as he assembles tales of an ex-wife claiming revenge from beyond the grave… of an insane mind justifying the murder of his mate through the tall glass of a cold one… of a husband who refuses and refuses and refuses to stay dead. And top it all off with a celebration of this master’s widely-praised poems, on topics ranging from Bradbury to Vienna, from Hammett to Hemingway.
COMMENTARY ON NOLAN’S PROSE:
“William F. Nolan is a hell of a writer! I have real admiration for his stories.” PETER STRAUB
“He makes a permanent dent in our memories. Nolan is able to create an atmosphere of ultimate terror, causing readers to live out his nightmares.” RAY BRADBURY
“He’s incredibly talented. Each of his stories is like a psychiatric session from which the reader comes away knowing more about the human condition, due to Nolan’s fascination with the topography of emotional torment and his infallible rendering of the troubled psyche.”
RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON
AND ON HIS VERSE:
“Nolan is a prime communicator and although he writes only two or three poems a year, he manages to communicate emotions better than most full-time poets.”
SMALL PRESS REVIEW
Do not read these simple statements until you’ve read the book:
A character-driven collection of three chapbooks in one. Exploring the
glory of those who have the courage to run from something.
A cow farmer’s married just the wrong kind of person and has to run.
An agent for autopsy doctors has to run down the man who ran out on
him, just for curiosity’s sake.
The daughter of a lukewarm poet runs after the father who ran out on
her; she doesn’t want kids but she’s curious about her dad’s genetic makeup,
just in case her would-be husband forces her to change her mind
BEN OHMART runs BearManor Media, a publisher of entertainment
biographies, and is the author of books on Mel Blanc, Don Ameche, Joan
Davis and others. He lives in Kyoto, Japan, thankfully unaffected by