10p026.5: SOFT TARGETS is now available for preorder (and get an exclusive first look at some interior art!)
World is crumbling, world is old This world is writhing in death throes Here we wander And here we all shall fall
Hails 10p Cult!
Just a brief note to let you know that if you’ve been waiting for the book-only preorders for Carson Winter’s SOFT TARGETS to open…the time is now.
About SOFT TARGETS:
You know that office bromance: two of a kind, always taking their lunch together, always wearing the same sly grin. Only ever a hair away from a cold joke about how spreadsheets are a living hell; about taking a bullet if it means going home early on Friday. Sometimes in these fantasies, they’re heroes being hauled out on a stretcher.
Sometimes they’re the ones pulling the trigger.
Now, say these guys discover a loophole that makes some days less real than others—less permanent—and start to act out their violent fantasies without fear of reprisal. Why shouldn’t they? Tomorrow, everything will go back to normal, with no one the wiser but them.
They’ll always remember what it felt like to act on their basest impulses. They’ll know how it could feel to do it again.
Maybe you don’t know these guys. Maybe you don’t want to.
SOFT TARGETS is a reality-bending novella about malignant malaise; the surrender to violence; and the addictive appeal of tragedy as entertainment.
Contains graphic depictions of gun violence in the workplace; caution recommended.
Praise for SOFT TARGETS:
"A hell of a story…and damned funny—one of the most difficult things to pull off in a horror story, let alone one with such grim and taboo subject matter. I already knew Carson Winter was one of the best newer writers of the Weird, but with SOFT TARGETS my admiration and expectations of his work have skyrocketed. Read this book."
Jon Padgett, author, THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM
“A cautionary tale about the dangers of staring too long into the abyss and falling in love with your own pain…shocking because it reveals something fundamentally wrong with reality, a level of normalized sickness and violence that we put out of our minds to function in the day-to-day. The result is haunting…it will sit with you for a long time.”
Jolie Toomajan, editor, ASEPTIC AND FAINTLY SADISTIC
"A stunning, darkly funny, and intensely disturbing look into the psyche of two young men barely getting by…will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and scream HOLY SHIT."
Joshua Hull, screenwriter, GLORIOUS
“A story about the power of friendship—a sickly force unmoored from reality. Steeped in alienation and despair, Winter skillfully details this diseased folie à deux until it finally ruptures.”
Andrew F. Sullivan, author, THE MARIGOLD and THE HANDYMAN METHOD
“A brutal heartbreaking work that takes aim at the ever-encroaching loneliness and alienation embedded in contemporary capitalist society. Winter never flinches in the telling of the tale, masterfully leading readers to an explosive and emotional conclusion.”
Patrick Barb, author, HELICOPTER PARENTING IN THE AGE OF DRONE WARFARE
Damn, that’s a lot of cool people saying a lot of cool shit about this book?! They must know something.
Well if that’s not enough, here’s one last enticement for y’all: the first public look at another of Blacky Shepherd’s pieces of interior art for SOFT TARGETS:
(warning: it’s a little brutal)
SOFT TARGETS is out March 22nd. PREORDER IT HERE.
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Hail SOFT TARGETS.
- Matt & Alex (&Carson&Blacky)
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