Jihad over Innsmouth
by Edward Morris
A cold, black, liquescent fear laps at the edges of my heart as I approach the first gate in the long Caliph’s Maze of Airport Security. Some darker force is trying to sway me unobtrusively away, to make me renege my retainer’s oath, cut my losses and run headlong to South America with the dwindling remains of my bank account.
Should I die on my quest, a first-class seat in Paradise awaits me.
In my time, I have lived through every hell Shaitan could possibly devise right here on Earth, moving behind newspaper headlines which even Al-Jazeera fears to run. Enquiring minds want to know, but some truths are better left to the darkness at the center of the universe, to be drowned out by the skirlings of the blind piper and his retinue of idiot flute-players.
About the Author
US author of much short fiction collected in Shock Theatre: Collected Speculative Fiction, 2002-2006 (coll 2011) and further volumes [see Checklist below]. There Was a Crooked Man (2009) is a Time Travel tale in which an insane soldier from a post-nuclear future arrives in seventeenth-century America and begins wreaking havoc upon history. The Arkadia trilogy-in-progress, as listed below, is fantasy. The Blackguard sf series, opening with Blackguard 1: Fathers & Sons (2010), portrays a Near Future secessionist western USA afflicted with internal gang wars and also (it emerges) Extraterrestrial influences.
About the Narrator
Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.