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Author: Debbie Bennett
Ricky’s on the edge of a life of crime. Skipping college to steal cars in the aftermath of his father’s death in action, it’s not surprising that his dreams are vivid and seem almost real. Calith’s just on the edge of a life. Snatched from Ricky’s world to another place altogether, Calith’s found out that when you’ve grown up with the enemy, it’s hard to make friends. Then Ricky dreams of Calith and nobody seems more real than this boy from another world, with his multi-coloured hair and temper to match. But are Calith’s motivations all they seem? Ricky’s not sure. Calith’s dark past is coming back to haunt him big time, and when you’re jumping worlds to escape the good guys, something must be wrong somewhere, mustn’t it?
A collection of short stories celebrating all that is weird in our world, including escaped murderers, haunted fairgrounds, genetic engineering and population control. From a twist-in-the-tale shortie to an adaptation of an episode of a UK horror television series, by means of fantasy, mythology and urban sf/horror, there's something here for everyone. This is an adult collection – no explicit sex (that I can remember), but some stories contain swearing.