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About Phil Sloman
Phil Sloman is a writer of dark psychological fiction. His first short story was published in 2014 and he has been writing ever since. In 2017 Phil was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award Best Newcomer for his novella Becoming David, and was part of Impostor Syndrome published by Dark Minds Press which was nominated for British Fantasy Award Best Anthology in 2018. Phil regularly appears on several reviewers' Best of Year lists.
Find out more about Phil and his writing at: https://www.philsloman.com/
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“The Haunting of Asteroid H111,” by Van Aaron Hughes
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Some tales told only in whispers.
Under the paper thin veneer of our sanity is a world that exists. Hidden just beyond, in plain sight, waiting to consume you should you dare stray from the street-lit paths that sedate our fears.
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Compiled and edited by Dean M. Drinkel, the authors
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