While the rest of the world lives behind a dark shroud since the cataclysmic Event of 2077, multiple converging conflicts threaten to shift the balance of power in a world without power. Can former comrades keep their strained relationships bound long enough to overcome disaster and save the day, or will ghosts of the past halt them in their tracks?
A series of 3 Horror shorts by Dark SciFi / Horror author R. James Stevens. Taking place in 1984 Western Pennsylvania, 'keystone.' tells the three separate tales of psychological horror that will twist your grasp on reality. Don't look behind you.
Discovery. Salvation. Redemption.
Three individuals; three separate paths. All will be irreversibly entwined as they search for the answers in an attempt to reassemble the pieces of their broken lives. But will they find what they seek, or will they stumble upon the devastating truth that lies just beyond their reach?
Captain Jason Brightside, commander of the Royal Space Navy's IEC Excelsior, finds himself the unwitting hero of a historical space mission. But just prior to arrival back on Earth, something mysterious happens to his crew that could jeopardize the entire mission - and the future of Earth.
Terosan Tales is a collection of shorts by up-and-coming author Edward A Thompson. I had the great fortune of making friends with Edward on social media, and am I glad that I did. He is a writer with talents that is reminiscent of the days of old school SciFi writers like Asimov and Bradbury.
As I've mentioned in past reviews, I am a big fan of 'classically-written' literature, and Terosan falls nicely into that niche. Most novels today are written in more of a "Hollywood-style" prose. That is to say that they give you most everything to complete the story, whereas a classically-done work relies more on the imagination of the reader to connect the inferences into something that is each reader's own. Think of a read as a motor - the words are the fuel, but the reader's imagination is the engine itself. I heartily applaud Mr. Thomson's efforts in his debut, and I sincerely hope to read more from him in the future.
From the true SciFi, coming-of-age mini-tale of Qevon in 'Deck 20' and "Gnir's Raid", to the 2001-esque 'Fallen Gods of Cheam' (my personal favorite) and space opera pirate fest 'The Pirate Queen'- there's something in this set for the SciFi aficionados in all of us. If I had to have any beef about this group of works is that I want to see more!
Kudos, Mr. Thomson, on a job well done!