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Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back

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Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back

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Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2010
Pulphouse Publishing, 1992
Maclay & Associates, 1986

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction / Horror
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They did it -- they launched the damned nukes and the world went pretty much straight to hell. Not many survived, but some of those who did emerged twenty years later, to a world where mutant whales heaved themselves across the blackened, dry seabed of the Pacific, and the roses... oh God, the roses.

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Nukes (1986) edited by John Maclay and was reprinted in Lightspeed, October 2010. The story can also be found in anthologies The Year's Best Horror Stories: XV (1987), edited by Karl Edward Wagner, Lightspeed: Year One (2011), edited by John Joseph Adams, and Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2015), also edited by Adams. It is included in the collection By Bizarre Hands (1989) and High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale (2000). Standalone editions of the story also exist.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.


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