By Edited by Harrison Howe, J.K. Potter

Creativity is whatever like magic. One shape may feed the opposite, delivering proposal, sparking rules, fueling the inventive juices. For the authors contained inside this particular anthology, the resource of notion used to be the tune of Bruce Springsteen. topics, strains, tune titles . . . no matter what it took to attract those tales into life.

So lots of Springsteen's songs deliver you shut to the sting of a darkness the place uncertainty reigns - a darkness not only at the fringe of city yet of our hearts and minds . . . the darkness among baby and maturity, might be; or among braveness and worry; marriage and divorce; even self belief and self-doubt. those nineteen authors nudge us in the direction of a solution . . . and allow us to see what relatively is stirring in the market within the shadows.

From "Nothing Forgiven" by means of Lee Thomas (Inspired through "Something within the Night") some time past, you made a promise, swore you'll by no means go back to this position. Now notwithstanding, together with your promise damaged and the past's topography emerging, they go back, becoming a member of you within the vehicle like phantom passengers.

From "Fire" by way of Elizabeth Massie (Inspired through "I'm On Fire") Mac placed his hand at the wall, prepared her to believe his love throughout the plaster. "Lisa, enable me aid you." "You? you are kidding, correct? how are you going to help?" Mac used to be greatly surprised. She observed him as in basic terms the cripple round the corner, the younger guy who had not anything to provide yet pasta, pie, and a pleasant note in the course of the wall.

From "Atonement" by means of Gary A. Braunbeck (Inspired by way of "My Father's House") do not inform me you have forgotten? convinced, that is correct. Thirty years in the past this night, my father buried us below the floorboards in my bed room after he got here domestic early from paintings and stuck us in my bed.

From "Kneeling within the Darkness" by way of Lorne Dixon (Inspired by way of "Point Blank") "Listen." Riddle stated, his grip steadying Teddy's hand. 100 invisible blades punctured his flesh at as many angles, bullets tore chunks of flesh out of his physique, he felt himself overwhelmed by means of stone, suffocated through linen, overwhelmed until eventually his skeleton used to be not anything yet an meeting of shards. "Listen to her."

From "The Hungry center" by means of Michael A. Arnzen (Inspired via "Hungry Heart") A routine snore. A blasted video display bleep. A negative spoon pinging porcelain. It was once an orchestra performed by means of a few subsonic sadist motive on preserving him wide awake. He clutched the heart-shaped pillow opposed to his chest. It used to be nonetheless beating.

From "Die attitude" through Lawrence C. Connolly (Inspired via "Murder, Incorporated") Nick took an envelope from the table. "Call me once you finish." He handed the envelope to Johnny. "I want to know the instant he is dead."

From "From the darkish center of a Dream" via Tom Piccirilli (Inspired via "Adam Raised a Cain") My father's ghost can be status within the darkness, gazing, comparing, judging. I bond with a guy thirty-five years embalmed. It does issues to a person.

From "Independence Day" by way of Sarah Langan (Inspired via "Independence Day" and "The Rising') The healthcare professional has a Cyclops-like eye within the middle of his face. It lighting up white, after which purple. The surgeon is a five-foot extensive steel field within the curved nook of the room. it really is hooked up to the needles, and her, by way of worn plastic tubes that through the years have grew to become crimson from different peoples' blood.

From "Ain't No Angel Gonna Greet Me" by means of man Adams (Inspired via "Maria's Bed") Sitting at the again seat I scrubbed at each one foot in flip earlier than pulling at the lifeless man's socks and boots; a measurement or so too large, yet not anything i could not stroll in. eventually I popped his snake-eyes cufflinks in position, pulled at the jacket. I closed the trunk lid and bought again in the back of the wheel. i'd take the final step of the adventure in my dead-man's clothes.

From "With those arms" by means of Kurt Dinan (Inspired via "Factory" and "Two Faces") whilst he died 3 weeks later, I inherited his condo, his vehicle, and his accounts. Then, like several different son on the town ultimately does, I took my father's position at the line, my palms carrying on with his paintings as though they would by no means taken a holiday.

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Round and round. You cross Ocean Avenue, walking with uncertain steps toward the Boardwalk while trying to remember how you felt on those long ago nights. You imagine cars and chrome, conjure crowds of people, their faces blurred and dull. You struggle with the mental film, but it will not focus, and nothing else about those years emerges. Even Jody and Bobby are absent for the moment. Too much time gone. You are a father now, a grandfather. It doesn’t seem possible. Your children are older than you were the night you left this place.

Three little girls, with barely enough rack to support their halters, cheeks slashed pink with mothers’ rouge, race by, looking terrified. Pinballs clang and crack, trying to escape. Their reward is another paddle whack, another bumper shove or a fast descent into darkness. You stand with a smoke in your mouth, looking hard and bored like it’s all just another moment–one of millions–that will come and go with no more meaning than the striking of a match. For some it’s a pose, a mask handed out in school for all of the shore boys to wear, but for you it’s the way of your face.

This concept made concrete. I was fortunate enough to find enough writers who understood what I was trying to do, who were passionate Springsteen fans, who grasped the notion that his music could influence their writing. How it would all come together was something I could only, in the beginning, wonder about. If I had any fears, they were quickly squashed as the stories began to trickle in. The authors did exactly what I asked of them. They shared my vision and my passion. They each took a step–and in most cases, many steps–beyond the lyrics.

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