Classics Mutilated: 13 Original Stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Mike Resnick, John Shirley, Kristine

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By Joe R. Lansdale, Mike Resnick, John Shirley, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow, Nancy Collins, Thomas Tessier, Marc Laidlaw, Rio Youers

Monster Lit meets Remix tradition in IDW's all-new, all-original tale assortment through best abilities from horror, technology fiction, and darkish myth scenes. IDW's first foray into style prose takes the formulation of "literary classic/historic determine + supernatural element" and drives a stake via its center with fourteen brand-new tales, all written in particular for this assortment, that rework the so-called Monster Lit circulation in methods the mainstream might by no means think. impressive characters contain Huck Finn, Capt. Ahab, Billy the child, Emily Dickensen, Jim Morrison, Edgar Alan Poe, and Albert Einstein, with contributions through John Shirley, Nancy Collins, Mike Resnick, Kristine Rusch, Thomas Tessier, Marc Laidlaw, and Rio Youers, whereas a masterful new novella by way of Joe Lansdale anchors the gathering.

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The testing was exhaustive. Even though he did not really cooperate, there were things he could not keep them from learning, things that showed up because they were there: Such as his ability to start fires with his mind. Such as the fact that he could not control the blazes. Such as the fact that he had been burning for fifteen years in an effort to find peace and seclusion. Such as the fact that he had become a tortured and unhappy man because of his strange mindpower... “Alf,” said the bodiless voice from the rear of the darkened auditorium, “light that cigarette on the table.

He damned it soulfully, wishing he had been born deaf, mute, blind, incapable of any contact with the world. From the moment of his life when he had become aware of his strange power, he had been haunted. No control, no identification, no communication. Cut off. Tagged as an oddie. Not even the pleasures of being an acknowledged psioid like the Mindees, the invaluable Drivers, the Blasters, or the Mallaports who could move the atoms of flesh to their design. He was an oddie: a nondirective psioid.

The power to make the molecules of anything speed up tremendously, making them grind against one another, causing combustion. A strange, channeled teleport faculty that was useless for anything but the creation of fire. He damned it soulfully, wishing he had been born deaf, mute, blind, incapable of any contact with the world. From the moment of his life when he had become aware of his strange power, he had been haunted. No control, no identification, no communication. Cut off. Tagged as an oddie.

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