ALL THAT WITHERS by John Palisano. Cycatrix Press (www.JaSunni.com), 2016, 294 pp., $19.95. ISBN 978-0-9841676-8-5. Click here to purchase.
ALL THAT WITHERS is another short story collection from a little-known writer.
Here are some memorable tales:
“Happy Joe’s Rest Stop.” Greg and his dad drive into a truck stop that soon, because of the Man in White Without a Face, turns into a certain kind of hell, killing everybody within it -- except Greg. Somehow he escapes. But what reality remains?
“The Geminis.” How important it is for a duo, in their music careers, to have two people who, somehow, hold onto the importance of the other.
“Available Light.” Deathly photosensitive, one girl tries to defy the dangers of sunlight to her skin, which can kill her, and the belief in someone she loves that could maybe cure her.
“Long Walk Home.” An invading bio-disaster strikes a mid-Atlantic coastal town, spreading a deadly virus. One person has evaded infection but has to deal with the panics and desperation that ensue.
“The Haven.” A boy finds out that he is trapped, caring for his mother.
“Outlaws of Hill County.” One small town has to battle the killing creature, the Long Fellow, with an unexpected band of heroes.
“Welcome to the Jungle.” An aspiring actress, Michelle, pairs up to do a cheap indie horror film with Dusty, a producer. But there is something about the horror movie that is too dangerously real.
“Vampiro.” Sammy doesn’t realize that he is only part of a Mexican border patrol because he is different, and learning to do well. But that difference from humanity proves very stark.
“Sunset Beach.” For Clive, an ordinary day at the beach turns deadly, as he witnesses the destruction caused by a demon. And memories of that beach will be marred forever creates a story about post-traumatic stress disorder.
the voice of God to explain it all.