Featured: The Devil’s in the Flaws and Other Dark Truths by David Niall Wilson
David Niall Wilson
The thread that runs through the stories is David Niall Wilson’s uncanny ability to draw you into his world and render you helpless to look away.
This new collection of stories from USA Today bestselling, multiple Bram Stoker winning author David Niall Wilson presents twenty-stories and a brand new, unpublished novella.
Wilson’s work has been collected several times in digital only formats.
This is the first major collection released since his award-nominated Defining Moments, and the subsequent collection Ennui & Other States of Madness.
Included are several previously published works chosen by the author, along with seven previously unpublished stories, and the title piece, “The Devil’s in the Flaws,” a previously unpublished novella.
“Reading The Devil’s in the Flaws and Other Dark Truths is a wild experience. Some of the tales are short, some a bit longer. The settings and plots pendulum from gritty realism to hyper-surreal. But the thread that runs through them all is David Niall Wilson’s uncanny ability to draw you into his world and render you helpless to look away no matter how uncomfortable you get. I absolutely loved this collection.” —Jonathan Janz, Author of Marla and The Siren and the Specter
Included in this collection:
The Milk of Paradise
A Prayer for 0443
She Mourned *
You are Just Like Gods
His Cold Gourd Heart *
Fear of Flying *
Little Ghosts *
One Off from Prime
If You Were Glass
Teachable Moments *
The Whirling Man
The Last Patriot *
The Devil’s in the Flaws *
* Original to this collection
Meet David Niall Wilson:
I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has fewer people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That’s where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth — particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I’ll ever claim association with. But that’s another story, and this one is about me.
My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland “Bob” Smith. I could write volumes about good ol’ Bob, but I won’t. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram’s 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6’4″ 270 or so pound frame — that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.
I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn’t equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician “A” school.
I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.
My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I’ve written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts).
I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota, Spain, for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I’ve worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , North Carolina, where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June.
I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another – 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie’s “Tales of the Southern Hotel,” a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children’s books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.
I’ve sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year’s best collections, won awards — notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story “The Gentle Brush of Wings,” from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments.
I’ve been President of the Horror Writer’s Association, and I’m an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer’s Association.
These days, along with writing, I’m CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me…let me tell you a story.
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