Aside from the knockout tale "Spin Cycle" which appeared in the bestselling anthology "Shivers," the rest of these tales are appearing here for the first time, and it's a major debut collection from what we consider to be one of the genre's best-kept secrets. Among the people you'll meet in Dead Souls are: A grade-school genius who longs to teach his bullying classmates a few things about life A picture-perfect family with a horrifying secret bubbling beneath the surface A serial killer who finds his greatest enemy in the most unlikely of places A small-town veterinarian who finds herself at war with an unstoppable killing machine A zombie who learns the real definition of having a bad day ...and many others... Barnett is a powerful, unforgettable new talent in writing. As Gerard Houarner says in his introduction, "I can tell you his vision is violent, but it is inevitable violence born out of suffering. Pain is a catalyst, often welcomed, sometimes a door to transcendence. Through suffering, characters outside the mainstream find out who, and what, they truly are. Discovery of self is linked to the discovery of violence in that self. There is attitude. Also a touch of science fiction, and magic. Dave is not without surprises." You haven't read him before. No one has. But this is a career that you're going to want to say you were there for from the very beginning. Here's your chance. Don't miss it."
Published in 2004
Limited to 50 signed and numbered hardcover copies, signed by David G. Barnett and Gerard Houarner