Adam-Troy Castro's The Shallow End of the Pool
Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award: "Superior Achievement in Long Fiction"
- also nominated for the Black Quill Award: "Best Small Press Chill"
- signed by the author, limited to 350 numbered copies
- trade paperback, 56 pages
- excerpt available at FearZone.com
- free domestic shipping[*]
$12.95 $8.95 US
"A brutal parable of the damage warring parents inflict on their children, Adam-Troy Castro's The Shallow End of the Pool combines the savage stylistic virtuosity of Lucius Shepard with a touch of Kafka."
Andrew Fox, author of Fat White Vampire Blues
and Bride of the Fat White Vampire
"The Shallow End of the Pool does in fifty-six pages what it takes Bret Easton Ellis' Lunar Park four hundred pages to do--essays the immense and terrible pain parents are capable of inflicting upon their children. And it does so with a hellova grueling whallop. ...A relentless, powerful little book."
Jack Ketchum, author of The Girl Next Door and Off Season
"Castro does not cop out. This is a very adult, very chilling, and vividly graphic tale."
Norman L. Rubenstein, Horror World's Pod of Horror
Resolution. Reason. Respect.
Among U.S. couples marrying today, roughly 40% will divorce. About half of those will have children at the time of the split. Ensuing ugliness will engulf the lives of both divorcees and offspring. They can in most cases expect years of legal battles, deceit, rage, depression, baiting, vitriol, manipulation, and hurt.
Perhaps there is another way, a better way. A way that allows for resolution, reason, and respect. An agreement, of sorts, but one that confronts rather than masks the myriad troubles at hand. Lays them all out on the table. Settles the issues once and for all in an honorable arena. Something direct. Fair. Final.
Adam-Troy Castro, Hugo/Nebula/Stoker-nominated author of the SF novel Emissaries from the Dead, brings you a brutally horrific tale of the ultimate settlement in the battle of broken-hearted wills in a new novella from Creeping Hemlock Press. Petty power-plays have been cast aside. The façade of decency is shelved. For one blistering week in an abandoned desert motel, there will be no excuses, pleading, or games. Only resolution, reason, respect.
"[Castro's] vivid prose will bruise you, bloody you, and burn you like a hot Vegas day. Castro... has honed this piece so that every word wounds you, while at the same time compelling you to come back for more. If you don't mind putting aside the made-up madmen and monsters that entertain us (and yes, often, even scare us) for a lingering look into the face of true madness and despair, pick up The Shallow End of the Pool."
Blu Gilliand, Dark Scribe Magazine
"Reminiscent of Fredric Brown's "Arena" taken to the nth degree fused with a kind of hyper-Fight Club for a new millennium, Adam-Troy Castro's The Shallow End of the Pool is a blistering, bizarre, fury-packed bit of familial ultra-violence. Sure to twist your head to the snapping point!"
Tom Piccirilli, author of The Coldest Mile and The Fever Kill
"This beautifully written, brilliantly conceived, and bare-balls-original novella isn't just a roller-coaster ride, it's the Blue Angels at Mach 10 as seen from the cockpits of all four jets at the same fucking time."
T.M. Wright, author of A Spider on my Tongue and The Eyes of the Carp
About the Author
Adam-Troy Castro made his first professional sale to Spy Magazine in 1987. Since then, he's written 15 books and more than eighty short stories. His multiple award nominations include "Baby Girl Diamond" (nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), "Of A Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs" (nominated for the Nebula), "Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's" (nominated for the Nebula), "The Tangled Strings of the Marionettes" (nominated for the Nebula), "The Funeral March of the Marionettes” (nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula), and "The Astronaut from Wyoming" (a collaboration with Jerry Oltion, nominated for the Hugo and Nebula and awarded the Seiun).
Adam-Troy's other books include 2008's Emissaries from the Dead (Harper Collins Eos), the first in a series of interstellar murder mysteries featuring his prickly investigator Andrea Cort. Another Andrea Cort novel, The Third Claw of God, is scheduled for 2009 from the same publisher. His short fiction has been collected in Lost in Booth Nine, An Alien Darkness, A Desperate Decaying Darkness, Vossoff and Nimmitz, and Tangled Strings. In his spare time he writes regular book and DVD reviews for SciFi magazine and SciFiWeekly.com.
Adam-Troy, who married the divine Judi on 25 December 2002, lives in Miami with his wife and four cats. Updates, artwork, rants, and reviews can be found at www.sff.net/people/adam-troy.