Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | The Summer I Died (2006)

When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they’re going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures… two friends suddenly thrust into the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their lives against a sadistic killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death?

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | The Summer I Died (2006)

When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they’re going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures… two friends suddenly thrust into the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their lives against a sadistic killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death?

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | Salticidae (2013)

When the Beaudette mining company blows open a mountain deep in the Congo, they release something that puts man on the bottom of the food chain. Salticids, more commonly known as jumping spiders, mutated and enlarged to staggering sizes through millennia of underground chemical anomalies. With eight massive legs, eyes that can see 360 degree, and the ability to leap thousands of feet at once, there is no escaping these dangerous hunters. Which is a very bad thing for Janet Beaudette and her mining crew, now forced to escape into the mountain itself, all the while chased by these nightmares. The only way to escape is to make it down to the river below where they can be reached by helicopter, but first they must traverse the dangerous tunnels and pits, which are crawling with more giant spiders. Meanwhile, travel journalists Jack and Derek are also deep in the jungle writing a story about the Congo. Accompanied by a native guide with a dark past, they soon stumble onto a mystery involving giant webs and missing wildlife, only to realize they are being hunted. But of course the Congo holds many terrors, and giant spiders, horrendous as they are, are merely instinctual creatures. Even more dangerous is the Snake Man, who controls the Lost Boys. When this murdering, kidnapping, raping, black magic-practicing leader of the local militia hears that the Beaudette Mining Company is excavating mountains without his permission, he decides it’s time to teach Janet and her people a lesson in local politics. He won’t stop until he drinks their blood and wears their bones.

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | Salticidae (2013)

When the Beaudette mining company blows open a mountain deep in the Congo, they release something that puts man on the bottom of the food chain. Salticids, more commonly known as jumping spiders, mutated and enlarged to staggering sizes through millennia of underground chemical anomalies. With eight massive legs, eyes that can see 360 degree, and the ability to leap thousands of feet at once, there is no escaping these dangerous hunters.

Which is a very bad thing for Janet Beaudette and her mining crew, now forced to escape into the mountain itself, all the while chased by these nightmares. The only way to escape is to make it down to the river below where they can be reached by helicopter, but first they must traverse the dangerous tunnels and pits, which are crawling with more giant spiders.

Meanwhile, travel journalists Jack and Derek are also deep in the jungle writing a story about the Congo. Accompanied by a native guide with a dark past, they soon stumble onto a mystery involving giant webs and missing wildlife, only to realize they are being hunted.

But of course the Congo holds many terrors, and giant spiders, horrendous as they are, are merely instinctual creatures. Even more dangerous is the Snake Man, who controls the Lost Boys. When this murdering, kidnapping, raping, black magic-practicing leader of the local militia hears that the Beaudette Mining Company is excavating mountains without his permission, he decides it’s time to teach Janet and her people a lesson in local politics. He won’t stop until he drinks their blood and wears their bones.