What awaits us in the cold, uncaring worlds beyond the Earth? That was the initial thought that led to my writing of Grey Sands.
The story derives most obviously from the Cthulhu Mythos, with a dash of The Walls of Eryx and a good deal of thought as to what might await the unwary in the dash to colonize and exploit other worlds. Phantoms by Dean Koontz was a major influence on the story, although I suspect a little influence from the movie The Ghosts of Mars crept in, too. The land trains in the story, although deriving in part from real-world designs, were primarily inspired by the wonderful Amtrak Wars series of novels. As for the background to the setting, I am enamoured by the idea that the integration of Polish immigrants into modern Britain could create a very different post-EU union.
Although it is very much a horror story, I wanted to get across something of the world in which the protagonist lives and works, even if that was mostly through the discovery that nothing was how it should be. Rather than a mere backdrop for the story, I wanted a background that existed in its own right, which, hopefully, is plausible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR — DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published, most recently in The Sirens Call and Tigershark ezines, Amok! (April Moon Books), In Creeps The Night (J.A.Mes Press), State of Horror: Illinois (Charon Coin Press), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), Tales of the Dark Arts (Hazardous Press) and Cosmic Horror (Dark Hall Press), as well as in Sorcery & Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen (Hieroglyphics Press), All Hallow’s Evil and Undead of Winter (both Mystery & Horror LLC) and Fossil Lake (Sabledrake Enterprises), and in addition, has a Kindle novella available, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor Press).
Horror and science fiction blend seamlessly in the twelve stories contained within this anthology. Whether it’s mutation, creation, invention, machinery gone awry, or space/time travel, each of the authors included took on the challenge of weaving a tale that not only stood up against scientific possibilities, but will scare the proverbial pants off readers.
Imagine a world where the skies are protected from giant insects by men and women who climb into flying steel contraptions. Or perhaps you like the idea of nanobots quietly working in the background to effect positive change, only to find out that maybe those changes aren’t completely beneficial. How about genetic manipulation gone horribly wrong? Fiction that may not be too far from fact…
All of these terrifying, yet thought provoking scenarios are part of this collection of tales that definitely have some genuine kick!
Dead Serious: A Story of the Invaders — Paul M. Feeney
Hive Mind — Alex Woolf
The Unity Contagion — B. David Spicer
SkyDogs — Richard Farren Barber
Grey Sands — DJ Tyrer
Waiting Time — Rivka Jacobs
First Second — Jason D’Aprile
Idle Puppet — Dev Jarrett
Face Value — P.N. Roberts
The Forgotten Ones — J. D. Waye
What Really Happened on Green Moon 764… — Sergio Palumbo
Under The Twin Eyes — Matthew Smallwood
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