Main Fiction: “Dead Men Walking” by Jeremy Szal.
This story was first published in Abyss and Apex in December, 2017.
Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 and was raised by wild dingoes, which should explain a lot. He spent his childhood exploring beaches, bookstores, and the limits of people’s patience. He’s the author of over forty science-fiction short stories. His debut novel, STORMBLOOD, a dark space opera about a drug made from the DNA of extinct aliens that makes users permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression, is out now from Gollancz as the first of a trilogy, with BLINDSPACE releasing sometime in 2021. He was the editor for the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa until 2020 and has a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from UNSW. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia with his family. He loves watching weird movies, collecting boutique gins, exploring cities, cold weather, and dark humour. Find him at http://jeremyszal.com/ or @JeremySzal.
Narrated by Fred Himebaugh.
Fred Himebaugh lives a pulp fiction life and takes notes. His family lives with him, warily, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fred’s fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Mysterion, and most recently at Distant Shore Publishing, but he is most proud that, after a long association with the StartShipSofa, working as a narrator, commentator, and Fan Number One, his story “Fingers” was selected for the Sofa in 2020. And then, Tony made him editor.
You can also read novels by Fred, published under the name Frederick Gero Heimbach, namely The Devil’s Dictum and Ronald Reagan’s Brilliant Bullet. His third novel will be released by Liberty Island Media Group in a few months.