411

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
There used to be a time when people called 411 for information. But on the other side of that dial tone there may be a place of madness. A tale of revenge and the secret power of media. Be careful out there, one never knows what kind of hidden messages are leaking through the frequency. More
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Words: 5,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301907694
About Ray Hecht

Long story short, raised in America from the Midwest to the West Coast on a starchy diet of movies and comics and science fiction paperbacks. There's a Mid-East connection in there too. I like to write about such states as California and Ohio, and such provinces as Guangdong. Japan being an interesting topic as well.

Lived in Shenzhen, China since 2008 (has it really been that long?), a lovely Special Economic Zone Hong Kong-bordering chaotic city that has given me so much. I occasionally do some freelance journalism for various local publications. If you're actually interested, just google "Ray Hecht Shenzhen" for more...

A few inspirations, if I may: Irvine Welsh, William S. Burroughs, James Joyce, Grant Morrison, Daniel Clowes, Haruki Murakami, Bret Easton Ellis, Neal Stephenson, Philip K. Dick

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Reviews

Review by: Michael Carter on Feb. 15, 2014 :
A quite long detailed short story, which despite its 5000 words feels like a very quick casual read. It's a slightly bitter and morose yet insightful glance into the mind-numbing and frustrating job of working in a large directory-assistance call-centre. The guy here tries day shift, night shift, tries a date with a fellow employee, and finally hatches a plan to insidiously alter the mood of those around him, and the mood of those that call.

A good story, very borderline science-fiction, , it will more suit junk and underground readers, fans of William S Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, and Hunter S. Thompson, it's a sort of moribund dystopia, a change-the-world type story.

I thought the writing was good, compelling, and there was a realistic believable ending. It's a good story.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Jan. 06, 2014 :
A truly excellent story were a man called Jacob finds himself in a god awful job, surrounded by equally awful and disgusting people, as his old dull life, and his very own ethics slip slowly away from him.

This modern day psychological horror story was a joy to read as the author delves into a single man's rotten lifestyle that has been forced upon him by the modern world as he discovers a technique to vent his revenge on the people he hates (which is mainly everybody), becoming a tyrannical monster in the process. Not the type of tyrannical monster that destroys civilisations by stomping on them or tearing them down in a Godzilla kind of way. The monster he becomes, and the power that he creates, is a much more frightening and terrible thing.

A great short story, and highly recommended.
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