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About David Barker
David Barker is the author of three works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal, In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales, and Witches in Dreamland. He also has published several works of horror fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the novel Dead Guys in Packards. His new collection of weird fiction, Her Wan Embrace, is due out in 2022.
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This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Each tale probes the relation of nightmares to the real world, and to the human mind, in ways that are baffling, intriguing, terrifying, and poignant. Are we dreaming or are we awake? Can dreams gain a kind of quasi-reality and affect the workings of the real world? Can technology enhance or even create a dream-realm?
All all-star cast has contributed stories long and short … David Barker … Jason V Brock … Ramsey Campbell … Gemma Files … Richard Gavin … Caitlín R. Kiernan … Nancy Kilpatrick … John Langan … Reggie Oliver … W. H. Pugmire … Darrell Schweitzer … John Shirley … Simon Strantzas … Steve Rasnic Tem … Jonathan Thomas … Donald Tyson … Stephen Woodworth … The volume is edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading critic and anthologist of weird fiction.
Who can say that the nightmare is merely a wisp of fancy engendered by our own minds? After all, it was Edgar Allan Poe who said: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Length: 5,275 words.
Night after night, Bill Kruger is alone and depressed, holed up in a run-down cabin in the hills of Western Oregon, trying to hang onto his sanity. Things have not been going well. First he lost his job when the lumber mill closed down. Then his girl friend, Cassie, left him. And now his buddy's entire family has been mysteriously murdered. On top of all that, he's injured and can barely walk. Outside, in the darkness beyond his screen door, phantom shapes move about, menacing him. He's just about had enough of them -- whatever they are -- and those damn crickets with their endless chirping. There's a loaded shotgun standing in the corner and he may just have to use it.
A tale of weird horror in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft. 3,650 words.
This novel was originally published as a three part series under the title Electro-Thrall Zombies. This ebook contains all three parts and is complete. The titles of the original installments are:
If I Could Die Right Now, I'd Be Happy (Book One)
The Revenant (Book Two)
Caleb's Revolt (Book Three)
Length: about 49,000 words.
"Chupacabra Chalupa" by David Barker: Eighty five year old Morty may have retired from Conifer Aviation years ago, but he just can't seem to get away from the place. Even when he's out having dinner with his wife, trying to enjoy a nice Chupacabra Chalupa in peace, he's haunted by his past. Reminders of his days as a member of the UFO crash retrieval crew are everywhere, from the murals in the hall way, to the creepy singing urinal in the men's room, to that bastard Roger Truegood sitting across the aisle from him with a good-looking woman who probably won't survive the evening, given Roger's reputation for sending his girl friends to the Gray's vats when he tires of them. And what's up with these ants? Let them buy their own chalupas!
"Chemtrails" by Jordan Hofer: Conifer Aviation, Inc. is up to no good again, this time filling tanks on a 747 with some form of chemical or biological agent. Whatever they're up to, if you're an employee, it's always best to look the other way and keep your mouth shut. And if you do flap your trap? Don't be surprised by who might be listening and what they have in store for you if you do open your big mouth! Because, hey, they're going to spray their chemtrails anyway, no matter what you say.
"Tiny Drone Mired In Ear Wax" by David Barker: Conifer employee Billy White spends his days off just like millions of other American males -- drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. About the last thing he expects is to have a tiny surveillance drone fly into his ear and get stuck in the wax. But that's just the start of his troubles. Little pitchers have big ears and tiny drones are piloted by guys with ears that stick out and look remarkably like the President.
"Donuts for Douglas" by Jordan Hofer: What happens when a science fiction writer includes Conifer in his short stories, even under a pseudonym? He gets a visit from two Men in Black, Smith and Jones. They're not dropping by for coffee, but if there's some left in the pot and, even better, old fashioned donuts on the table, they're going to stick around and try to figure out how much the writer knows is truth and what remains is fiction. But someone else wants those stories written. Can Smith and Jones prevent reality becoming fiction and fiction turning into reality? Throw in a Gray, and watch fiction and fact whipped up in a Cuisinart.
Length: about 9,400 words.
"Alien Autopsy Barbecue" You know how it is: one thing leads to another. A UFO crashes. The bodies of dead aliens are recovered by a black ops contractor. The next day, there's strange meat cooking at the company barbecue. Steve, an outsider, makes the mistake of crashing the party and freeloading on the eats. Not a good idea.
"Words That Hurt." Jack, an employee with a bad attitude whose job it is to monitor a Gray alien being held captive in a secret facility, gets an upbraiding for using derogatory language when referring to the entity in his care. Should political correctness extend to non-human predator species from Who Knows Where? You be the judge.
Warning: These stories contain descriptions of talking ants and humans eating alien flesh.
Length: 9,200 words.
This is the third and final installment in a serialized novel. The first two installments, Electro-Thrall Zombies, Books One and Two, are available on Kindle.
Length: 21,000 words.
When Zombie slave master Doc Karshton told Rick they were going on a ride-along that fateful night, Rick had welcomed the idea. Getting away from the farm and having something to distract him might be just what Davey needed to pull him out of his funk.
Sure, Davey had been nervous about robbing Palaver's Tavern. It was to be his first time on a night ride and he'd been dreading taking part in a crime, especially one that might prove violent, but he would get over that quickly enough once he saw that it was no big deal, and maybe the drama of it would take his mind off of being brokenhearted, if just for an hour.
And then it all went south in an instant and they were both freaked out.
This is the second installment in a serialized novel. The first installment, Electro-Thrall Zombies, Book One, is available as a Kindle ebook.
Length: about 20,000 words.
This speculative essay, first published in 1985, provides a wide range of possible explanations for the UFO phenomenon and the reported presence of aliens on Earth.
The essay is in the form of brief notes on many scenarios that, if found to be true, would answer the critical questions: Who are the UFO aliens? Where are they from? Why are they here? What do they want? This book poses many questions and suggests many possibilities, but it provides no definitive answers.
These scenarios are meant to stimulate further thinking about the UFO phenomenon. Some of the ideas presented are
strange, even bizarre, and not likely to be found in a typical UFO book. This book will change your thinking about UFOs.
The Reality Hoax
This expanded edition of Scenarios of Alien Visitation includes a reprint of The Reality Hoax – a very rare UFO booklet written by David Barker. The Reality Hoax was first published in an extremely limited private edition of roughly a dozen copies in 1985 and has been unavailable since that time.
Like Scenarios of Alien Visitation, The Reality Hoax is a speculative work that poses several theories about the nature of aliens and UFOs. However, The Reality Hoax goes further than Scenarios of Alien Visitation did in that it examines the very nature of reality itself, and suggests that the deception being imposed upon humanity may run much deeper
than mere slight of hand involving the still unexplained UFO phenomenon. This provocative essay will make you question everything about your existence.
Length: 5,600 words.
This is the first installment of a serialized novel. The story is continued in Electro-Thrall, Book Two: The Revenant, published July 2012, and completed in Book Three, Caleb's Revolt, due July 2013.
Length: 7,650 words.
Length: 5,200 words.