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Blacker Against the Deep Dark

by Alexander Zelenyj

Blacker Against the Deep Dark

378 pages

From a man having a conversation with the shadow of a human being blasted into a wall by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, to a pastor giving shelter to the most bizarre individual to ever walk the Earth; from a secret group at war with the physical manifestations of disease that have run rampant for ages, to a pair of detectives trying to solve the mystery of a deadly otherworldly drug that legend says holds the power to open the gates to Paradise. These, and other dark and weird tales...

These stories play out like an R-rated Twilight Zone; grittily thrusting life’s toughest questions at readers with unabashed confrontation, and in the strangest of places.
Ahlissa Eichhorn, FANGORIA

There are no holds barred in these stories, just a rawness that underpins his soaring talent. Alexander Zelenyj is a poet. His work is detailed, descriptive and devastating…The reader is swept into worlds of possibility where nothing is as it seems…In this latest collection he conveys desire, agony and horror with the ease of a master craftsman. His work is subtle yet brutal. It changes as quickly and unexpectedly as his imagination.
Trevor Denyer, Editor-in-Chief of Midnight Street Press, from his introduction

This collection is like a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes dancing on a minefield. Highly recommended.
Alessandro Manzetti, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Eden Underground, No Mercy, and The Garden of Delight

The best and most captivating short story collection of the year, Alexander Zelenyj's Blacker Against the Deep Dark is an outstanding achievement in literary strange fiction. A bold and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition, it offers readers an incredibly original feast of beautiful storytelling, haunting darkness and seducing strangeness. If you're a devoted reader of literary speculative fiction and love dark stories, you simply can't afford to miss this collection. Very highly recommended!
Rising Shadow

Like a nightmare waltz of innocence and violence, Alexander Zelenyj’s newest collection weaves together terrifying melodies, counterbalanced by the distant note of a better world.
Brittni Brinn, author of The Patch Project

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Alexander Zelenyj is the author of the books Songs for the Lost, Experiments At 3 Billion A.M., Black Sunshine, and Ballads to the Burning Twins: The Complete Song Lyrics of the Deathray Bradburys.

He lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, with his wife Elizabeth, and their three creatures, Callie, Daisy, and Dune.

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