Bestselling indie horror author Mark Wheaton returns with a new collection of short stories and novellas guaranteed to make your skin crawl. Unnatural Selection brings together eight stories related by themes of instinct and evolution.
Meat tells of a thief stuck in a restaurant's exhaust vent who runs afoul of a surprisingly tenacious nighttime visitor. In Stuttering Hunter, a man in the not-so-distant future decides to commit suicide by handing his soul over to a cartoon show. Shepherd follows the continuing adventures of Pittsburgh police dog Bones, this time following him to Los Angeles after a devastating earthquake. Spider concerns an indie film director who transfers his feelings about his actress wife's sudden rise to stardom into an obsession with a house spider. Disembodied follows two Los Angeles homicide detectives as they try to stop a spree killer who seems to have the ability to appear anywhere in the city, only to die and regenerate elsewhere. The Posthumous Mind; Or, Please Don't Touch Me finds a man with a profound fear of being touched still conscious after death and made to suffer the agony of all those who would handle him post-mortem. Gare du Nord relates the story of a Parisian cab driver who may or may not be privy to a terrorist attack in the planning stages. The Enemies List is about a veteran sportswriter who feels wronged by two men and sets them up with motives to murder each other.
Praise for Four Nails in the Coffin:
"Remarkably character-driven...Wheaton rather convincingly showcases his talents as a writer of horror prose, taking his time to craft characters who are thoroughly fleshed out and engaging without holding off too long on the suspense...proves here to be a quite gifted storyteller undeniably worthy of an interested reader's time and attention." - Michael Compton, Fangoria
"Genuinely twisted and engrossing...may just leave you shaken for days." - Jessa Sobczuk, Rue Morgue [ref: Sunday Billy Sunday]
"This is muscular, original fiction that marks the debut of an exciting new voice in the speculative/dark fantasy genre." - Michael Rowe, editor of the Queer Fear anthology series
"Wheaton's writing is haunting. Days, weeks, even months later, you will find your mind returning to his worlds. Stephen King is no longer my only addiction." - Todd Farmer, screenwriter, Drive Angry in 3D
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Mark Wheaton is a horror screenwriter (Friday the 13th, The Messengers), graphic novelist (The Cleaners) and author of several bestselling straight-to-Kindle horror novellas including Last Tuesday, Bones, Night of the Scorpions, Shepherd, Stuttering Hunter, novel Sunday Billy Sunday and short story collection, Spider and Other Stories. Print edition of these stories are available as Four Nails in the Coffin, Unnatural Selection and Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Trilogy.
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