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Scream Angel

Scream Angel

Scream Angel


Novelette by Douglas Smith

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DISTURBINGLY PLAUSIBLE

Smith describes a disturbingly plausible military application for the narcotic … one of those rare ideas that seems at once so perfect and so natural ... Smith exploits the potential of the idea extraordinarily well here.

T. S. Miller, Strange Horizons

DARK AND POWERFUL

A dark and powerful story with a first line that sets the tone for what is to come: 'They stopped beating Trelayne when they saw that he enjoyed it.' Rating: A++

Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic

REMINDED ME THE REASONS I LOVE THE AUTHOR'S WRITING

...his characterisation, attention to detail and recurring themes of love, faith and redemption.

Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Reviews

ABOUT THIS NOVELETTE


AURORA AWARD WINNER

Think of human emotion as a geography, with peaks of pleasure and valleys of pain. Imagine a drug that flips the valleys and makes them peaks, too. You react now to an event based not on the pleasure or pain that it brings, but solely on the intensity of the emotion created. Pain brings pleasure, grief gives joy, horror renders ecstasy. Now give this drug to a soldier. Tell them to kill. Not in the historically acceptable murder of war, but in a systematic corporate strategy—of xenocide. They will kill. And they will revel in it.

Welcome to the world of Scream.

Jason Trelayne is a Screamer, a soldier forced to take part in the enslavement or death of entire races. But Trelayne falls in love with Philomela, a Scream Angel, an alien who produces the addictive drug. Does he love her for her beauty, for the drug she gives him, from guilt for what he has done to her people? And does she love truly him as she swears? Or is he simply her only hope for freedom, for her and her entire race? Forced to choose between freedom and love, what will they do?

ABOUT DOUGLAS SMITH


Douglas Smith is a multiple award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His work has appeared in twenty-five languages and over thirty countries. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and the collections CHIMERASCOPE, IMPOSSIBILIA, and LA DANSE DES ESPRITS. His non-fiction guide for writers, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION, is a must read for any short story writer.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug’s story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” won several awards at film festivals around the world.

His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr