In a tale that is more Dashiell Hammett than
Franz Kafka, Tyler Knox (a pseudonym of William Lashner) turns Kafka's short story on its head to
create the ultimate American immigrant story set against the
noir background of 1950s New York. Kockroach is happy with his
life, not that he's ever really considered the concept of
happiness when one comes down to it, until one day he wakes up
and discovers that his normal proud dimensions have been
replaced by a new body "ridiculously narrow and soft, its skin
beneath a pelt of hair as pale and shriveled as a molting
Kafka's Gregor Samsa might have wallowed in despair, but not Kockroach. Cockroaches are the ultimate adapters and after a few days getting to grips with his new body in the privacy of a seedy Times Square hotel, Kockroach, aka Jerry Blatta,...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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