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About Troy Blackford
Troy Blackford is a writer in his earliest of thirties living in the Twin Cities with his wife, precocious toddler son, infantile male neonate, and two cats.
He has ten publications available on Kindle and in Paperback: the novels 'Under the Wall' and 'Through the Woods,' the novellas 'Critical Incident,' 'Emergent Pattern,' 'Strange Way Out,' 'Booster & Reeves: The Night of the Revenants,' 'First There Wasn't, Then There Was,' and 'Brilliant Story,' along with the short story collections 'For Those With Eyes to See' and 'Flotsam.'
He has stories in anthologies like Fireside Popsicles, Pavor Nocturnus, and A Shadow of Autumn, as well as journals like Bewildering Stories, Roadside Fiction, Roar & Thunder, the Glass Coin, Rose Red Review, and Inkspill Magazine.
Take a dip into the furthest reaches of reason with some of today's best authors with these strange and unruly STORIES TO STAY UP FOR, and we'll make sure you're ROBBED OF SLEEP.
Spend your night finding out what those specks of 'dust' you can see in shafts of light really are, taking a dangerous walk by the seaside, and fighting for your life high in the Himalayas--while everybody else is snoozing away. Join the red-eyed army, blinking the sleep out of your eyes the next morning because you spent the moonlit hours ROBBED OF SLEEP.
Not enough title-based puns? Seriously: that's the best we could come up with. But the nineteen authors in this alternately hilarious, disturbing, moving, and unhinged book have provided stories that truly are worth staying up for, and, as always, work tirelessly to ensure you are utterly ROBBED OF SLEEP.
Clarence Smetters has a problem. A fellow passenger he knows only as ‘Hell- My Nam- Calvi-’ has spotted him, and when ‘Hell- My Nam- Calvi-’ needs money fast, the first thing he thinks of is Clarence’s fancy little notebook.
How far will Clarence go to reclaim his creation? That depends. How far will he have to?
Out of an entire litter of dangerously telekinetic felines, two cats alone remain. Deinonychus, bent on domination, has been adopted by an apathetic mother and her overly-enthusiastic little girl. Without the live food or freedom to wield his power, he is going slowly mad with boredom and is furious at how useless he feels. His powers might be dried up until he can bathe them in blood once more, but his cunning and ruthlessness have not deserted him, and he waits and watches for his chance to slip out the door.
Leviticus, the runt of the litter but with a deep and sleeping power coveted by his malicious brother, feels at peace with his new adoptive family, the Redcliffes, and feels that, for the first time, his life makes sense. Unfortunately, the calm isn't permitted to last long.
Fresh NUCPA agent Ben Chesterton, a former supply clerk promoted after proving himself resourceful in the events of THROUGH THE WOODS, teams up once more with his old boss Rick Hathaway to track down the escaped felines. Unfortunately for the team, the NUCPA group aren't the only people aware of what's at stake.
Navigating a web of treachery and violence, the team try to track down the cats before the rivalry erupts into unrestrained mayhem, but with the fate of the Twin Cities-and perhaps beyond-in the balance, when is exactly has it become 'too late?'
The circle of influence for each cat expands as they gain control of their own powers, but will Leviticus find the inner strength to withstand the trials ahead?
A murderous lunatic, a bloodthirsty cat of demonic abilities, and a ruthless espionage organization converge on the unsuspecting Redcliffe family, the gentle but nearly omnipotent Leviticus, and the in-over-their-heads team of Ben and Rick in a battle against time, power, and fate.
A metaphysical tale of action and adventure that takes you beyond the bounds of normal human experience and into a world of secret colors and hidden doorways, of uncoiling panthers and recoiling nailguns, 'First There Wasn't, Then There Was' is a novella unlike any other.
Find out what mainstream and independent literary journals and small magazines DON'T want you to read! Six stories by author Troy Blackford that aren't a good fit for sane publications, now presented together for the first time.
"A great job entwining humor with sheer horror."
"The author has taken the genre of horror up several great notches."
"Absolute delight and perfection.... a truly enjoyable book."
"Seldom did I laugh so much while reading a story."
"Another surefire winner from Troy Blackford."
"A horror twist on P.G. Wodehouse."
"I laughed myself silly through this... horror tome."
On what seems to be a perfectly ordinary night, young Broderick 'Brodie' Booster flips on the evening news to find that New York City has been overrun by hundreds of thousands of reanimated corpses. After a visit from his previously dead Aunt Gertie, Booster and his manservant Reeves make a quick trip to a hardware store to outfit themselves with decent zomboidal defenses, and set out on a harrowing trek across town to confront the thieving maid responsible for the hordes of the undead.
Every step of the way, they encounter the unusual, the sinister, the depraved, and the hilarious. From irritable diva news reporters to crab-like zombies and arachnid pooches, things go from weird to worse. Without the help of the unflappable Reeves, the ditsy Brodie would have been munched for what there was of his brains long ago. But, even together, are they a match for the ancient evil fueling this dark 'Night of the Revenants?'
Sammy's worst problem is that all his other problems are his own fault. He's twenty-six, has no job, and lives with his mom - and he spends all his efforts trying to hide his dark secrets from the world... and from himself.
One day, during a routine trip to commit mail fraud, his life takes a turn for the weird. What is for him a normal morning becomes the strangest situation he has ever faced: and it only snowballs from there.
But is his day merely strange, or is it a 'Strange Way Out?'
Along the way, he meets a new friend, is forced to confront his darkest secrets, and faced with a choice: keep his secrets inside, to rot him from the inside out, or expose his truth for the world to see and judge.
A fight for survival in every sense - physical, emotional, and spiritual - 'Strange Way Out' is a story of one young man's dawning realization that he has a part to play in his own life, and his struggle to find the courage to play that part as best he can, for better or worse, in the face of seemingly unnatural terrors and all too human threats to his existence.
Step into the not-quite-normal mind of Troy Blackford, again and again with these bite-sized tales of the supernatural, the super-strange, and the superbly spectacular.
A day at the office becomes a deathtrap. A walk through the streets becomes a stroll through a warzone.
Chief Bentley finds himself in the middle of an Emergent Pattern, one that only he and his colleagues can hope to stop. But once trapped inside the enemy's web, can there be any escape from net of death and deception?
The pattern might become clear, but the way out of it is anything but.