Twelve stories of dark futures and odd imaginings to catch your breath and unhinge your mind: these stories deliver what Marianne Moore called, "Imaginary gardens with real toads." Though "The Mountain and The Vortex," the novella that gives this collection its name, is a complex tale, intricately interlaced with historical allusions and genre-jumping subplots, it remains imminently readable. These are the works of a true storyteller.
Stephen T. Vessels is a Thriller Award nominated author of SF, dark fantasy and cross-genre fiction. He was born in South Texas, grew up in Colorado and resides now in southern California. He is a lifelong lover of books, art and music, all enthusiasms he acquired from his father, who was himself an avid reader, and with whom he and his siblings attended many jazz and classical performances, and visited many museums. His aspirations to write were aroused at the age of seven by the early SF films of directors like Ib Melchior, the horror films of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allen Poe, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Charles Dickens, among ... (more)