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Joseph Paul Haines was born in Canton, Ohio, into a family of eight children. He grew up in Ohio, West Virginia, California, and too many other places to count. His stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, including Interzone, Aeon, Abyss & Apex and his story, "Ten With a Flag," is forthcoming in John Joseph Adam's dystopian anthology, "Brave New Worlds." His fiction has been recognized multiple times with honorable mentions in various Year's Best anthologies and, together with Samantha Henderson, he edited the speculative war anthology, "From the Trenches." He lives in Colorado with his wife, Catherine, and Buddy the dog where he finds himself at the karaoke bar all too often. You can find him online at www.josephpaulhaines.com.
on Nov. 24, 2010 :
A distinct voice sets these sublimely dystopic pieces apart: that, and the author's clear appreciation for the power of themes in fiction. And there are powerful themes afoot here. My favorites? "Ten with a Flag" "Malingering" "Ma, Gin, and the Bug-eyed Aliens" and the absolutely shudder-inducing "Scratch". A fine collection well worth your time.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)