Saturday, July 24, 2010

BTAP #84: The Little Boy Inside By Glenn Gray

At first, Greg thought he might be choking. After all, he did have acid reflux and maybe his esophagus was inflamed and irritated. He lost his breath for a moment and then it felt as if he would vomit, a little gagging, and then he coughed up the little boy right onto his desk.
A BTAP category was specially created for Glenn Gray when he graced us with the story "Disimpaction" back in 2008. So far, only one other story has fallen into the WTF! category, and now Dr. Gray is back with his second. "The Little Boy Inside" is a fantastically weird story... comedic, captivating, poignant, original. Once you read it, it will be stuck forevermore. Put simply, this is writing at its finest and one of the top short stories of the year.

Next: Matthew Mayo has "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Soon: Fred Blosser's "Gunpoint"

BEAT to a PULP: Round One print anthology edited by Elaine Ash and yours truly is coming in late August. This collection of 27 hard-hitting tales will feature the writing talents of Ed Gorman, Robert J. Randisi, Charles Ardai, James Reasoner, Sophie Littlefield, Frank Bill, Patricia Abbott, Glenn Gray and many others. With cover art by James O'Barr.