An eclectic collection of short stories by the award-winning author of Bacalao and With Honour in Battle. Blackout & Other Stories has a little something for every taste. Three of the sixteen stories have never previously appeared in print.
The stories range from the hard-boiled title story, to more of McDaniel’s popular submarine adventure stories, to ancient civilization fantasy, strangely civilized, or not so civilized vampires, and even a bit of science fiction. Here you’ll find demigods and vampires, cabala and murder, fleet boats, U-boats, “unbelievable true stories” that never happened, and a very unusual duel between a battleship and a carrier task force.
Includes these stories:
Blackout: A hard-boiled mystery with an unusual twist.
Eighteen Hours: An American submarine and a German U-boat find themselves in a protracted duel off the east coast of the United States.
Element of Surprise: Battleship vs. Carrier Task Force. A Gehunite Empire story briefly alluded to in Returning.
Survivor: After being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, a destroyer’s crew must somehow stay alive until someone notices they’re missing. If anyone ever does.
The Collinsville UFO: A “true” account of an unidentified flying object seen on 3 June 1847 at Collinsville, Indiana.
Conflict of Interest: A suburban housewife and school board member is under pressure from her pastor to remove Harry Potter from the school libraries.
Skagerrak: A prequel to With Honour in Battle.
A Big Disappointment: How do you handle it when you’re playing in the World Series against the team you grew up rooting for and your mother won’t talk to you?
Memoir: Some recollections from a most unusual vampire.
The Life of Salmik the Great: Another Gehunite Empire story. This is essentially a biography of the empire’s founder, loaded with supernatural meaning.
Mort’s Maid: Uncle Mort doesn’t want to sell his estate to a mob-connected shopping mall developer. His always silent, seemingly ageless maid has a mystical secret.
Predator: A serial killer has picked a new victim. He may not have made the wisest choice.
A Patient Man: On his deathbed, an aged funeral director reveals what really happened to his old employer’s odious son all those years ago.
Castle Grosshelm: German prisoners of war are put to work excavating a ruined Romanian castle by their Russian captors. Sometimes things should just be left buried.
Mission Twenty-Five: The bombardier recalls what happened on his plane’s twenty-fifth bombing mission. The one that, if they survive, means they get to go home. You can see the author reading this one on YouTube.
Return to Duty: The third Gehunite Empire story. Commander Julia Maniah returns to her dry-docked submarine on the morning Arzucalda decides to start a war.
Trade paperback 8-½½ x 5-½, $9.99, ISBN: 978-1-932606-41-6
Published by Riverdale Books.
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