by Eddie Generous Genre: Science Fiction
A cosmic horror and science fiction sequel to Arthur Machen’s masterpiece, The Great God Pan.
Centuries after Earth has become uninhabitable, the planet has rejuvenated. The Union, the organization governing the diaspora, sends a team to the mother planet with hopes of resuming life on the homeland.
For months, activity on Plantation Earth has been irregular and The Union has been receiving strange transmissions, until finally, they’ve lost contact altogether.
The Union recruits Lay Watt to be a member of the second team to go the planet’s surface. Lay finds that the close-knit crew considers her an outsider. This is a dangerous state of affairs as the team wades through humanity’s ruins to seek out the ancient source of the current disaster. As they explore, a figure on the periphery of their dreams stalks the edges of their reality and threatens to destroy all they know to be true.
Eddie Generous is an author of Savage Beasts of the Arctic Circle, RAWR, Trouble at Camp Still Waters, Great Big Teeth, and Radio Run (all from Severed Press), Plantation Pan (from Omnium Gatherum), and several collections. He is the founder/editor/publisher/artist behind Unnerving and Unnerving Magazine, and the host of the Unnerving Podcast. He lives on the Pacific Coast of Canada with his wife and their cat overlords.
A Night in Terror Tower, the 27th instalment in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, scared the shit out of me. I read the books in order—more or less, some I DNFed—and it took some effort to get there.
See, Goosebumps were huge at my school. The coolest kids had them—plus good shoes and firsthand clothes and Lunchables and store bought Halloween costumes. I didn’t have any of those things. I was a social dud until puberty hit, and I was not at all okay with it.
The Scholastic book fair announcement landed and I had to plan. I NEEDED some Goosebumps. The first bunch came in a bundle; the coolest kids already had them from the last Scholastic fair.
I went to my mother once she got home from work and was like, can I get ten bucks or whatever for books and her going something like, what, is the library broken? Which was fine, the plan wasn’t actually to get money from her, but there were steps to take before playing commando.
As an adult, I read (and since re-read) King’s The Shining for the first time and immediately thought, did my father use this as a guide? He was a man who stalked through the house yelling names and smashing drywall until wallpaper bubbled with knuckle dents and white dust powdered free to freckle baseboards.
Anyway, after work, my father would put his wallet on the dresser and the plan was to steal enough to get the books. I know, maybe you’re thinking the risk versus reward just wasn’t there, but you’d be wrong. Those books were so damned cool.
At night, my whole family would be planted in front of the tube, me included. Perfect situation, but no, I was dumb and had a short attention span. It also took nerving up. I thought about Schwarzenegger whenever I did dumb shit, like, I could sneak around the house and be invisible like muddy Arnold was in Predator.
I remember getting the money clearly, I’d snatch a couple coins from the stack—I’m Canadian, our money has more coins, though back then the two-dollar bill was still in circulation—and then run. The part I remember best was going back five minutes later for more coins, as if he’d been checking in between.
Anyway, day before the book fair, I was short, big-time, so that night hit Fort Knox and actually opened the wallet. I slipped whatever bill it was that would cover and imagined the ass whooping in my future—he never noticed, turned out my mother used to swipe bills from his wallet, too, haha.
I bought the books, some kids even cared, asked to borrow them after…then came the Scholastic pamphlet: I could order more Goosebumps, but not at box set price. I started swiping change just to stockpile, eventually I got them all up to #27, and I don’t know what happened, but that was it. I quit while ahead. A Night in Terror Tower was my favorite of the series and the last one I read.
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