|By Brian Rappatta
|Barnesandnoble.com reviews Writers of the Future volume XXII:
One of the joys of reading anthologies is discovering exciting up-and-
coming authors -- with breathtaking new visions, innovative writing
styles, etc. -- and in the 22nd annual edition of Writers of the Future,
that literary bliss couldn't be more satisfying. If the dozen winning
stories featured within are any indication, the future of the genre is in
more than capable hands… Paul Goat Allen
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE, Volume XXII, edited by Algis Budrys,
Galaxy Press, $7.99, 500 pages, ISBN:1592123457, reviewed by
Barry Hunter of Baryon Magazine.
Brian Rappatta’s “Tongues” is a tale about recognizing and listening
to our god--but do we really understand what he is saying?
Another fantastic volume of varied voices, this volume adds to the
stature of the contest and shows that the future remains in good
hands with a new group ready to move onto the best seller lists.
WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOLUME XXII BOOK REVIEW BY
VOYA (VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES)
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXII. Algis
Budrys, Ed. Galaxy Press, 2006, 500p. $7.99 pb. 978-1-59212-345-1
A few of the stories merit particular applause. . . . Many stories
challenge the reader to ponder complex scientific concepts such as
cosmology, nuclear fusion, cellular biology, and xenolinguistics,
especially in At the Gate of God by Joseph Jordan and Tongues by
Brian Rappatta. Without oversimplifying the material, each author
manages to make the complicated subject matter understandable and
relevant to the theme of the story.
Freaks by Brian Rappatta tells a story about circus freaks and
personal fetishes that will have you realizing that fulfilling your deepest
fantasy may not always be a good thing.
In Freaks by Brian Rappatta bizarre sex and horror team to generate a
strongly tasting tale not for the squeamish or the puritans.
--Whispers of Wickedness
|Tangent Online has posted a review for Nemonymous 7, which includes a
positive review of my story.
“The Plunge” is yet another gem of a tale, compelling and humanistic as it
horrifies. Frank struggles to be kind, understanding, and humane as he
executes the excess children of the world with his bare hands. And he
takes pride in his craft, sending the children to death like a knacker in a
slaughterhouse with efficiency and professionalism, all the time worrying
that the little dears suffer not at all. Yet you identify with this man, worry
with him as he is anguished over any failings in his executions.
And here is a review by Jetse DeVries, an editor for Interzone:
The Plunge: a bizarro piece of horror reminiscent of “Digging for Adults”
(D. Harlan Wilson, Nemonymous 3), or “Creek Man” (Jamie Rosen,
Nemonymous 4). In a non-descript factory Frank snaps children’s necks
before he pushes them into a pit, where they burn. His routine is disturbed
by a kid who talks, and tries to escape before he kills her. Near the end,
the children in line take their fate (or at least the very last part of it) in
their own hands and jump into the execution pit without having their necks
As such, the story evokes bio-industry slaughterhouses, concentration
camps, and a sly hint of anti-abortion (especially through the parting note
of Frank's partner Esperanza). It reminded me most of the routine on a
slaughterhouse’s kill floor, where employees think about mundane things
while they bring cows (or pigs, or chicken) to their deaths.
And here's a snippet from Horrorworld.org's review:
And perhaps the best in the lot, “The Plunge” follows a factory worker who
carefully and responsibly liquidates the excess of children in the world.