Vital Fluid by Tom Bradley
Approx. 31,940 words.
Published on November 18, 2009 by
Two parallel story lines are distanced by time and culture in this satiric alternate history, modern fantasy exploration. Rival hypnotists are pitted against each other in an increasingly bizarre series of performances across an absurdly chaotic America; while, woven in like fine silk, a pair of Victorian era mesmerists match mystical wits before the intolerant and intolerable European bourgeoisie