QUALIA NOUS “is an absolute gem”

Essayist and short story writer Kari J. Wolfe has posted a nice review of QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Michael Bailey, featuring my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”:

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King's "The Jaunt".

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”.

Out of all the books I have reviewed recently, QUALIA NOUS is right up there for me with Jeff VanderMeer’s SOUTHERN REACH trilogy.

Qualia is defined as “instances of subjective, conscious experience; the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions arising from the stimulation of the senses by phenomena; the way it feels to have mental states.”

Nous is defined as “intellections; awareness; perception; understanding; reason; thought; intuition; the faculty of the human mind; having the ability to understand what is true or real; practical intelligence.”

Put them together and you have a mix of the psychological side of science fiction and horror, the latest anthology produced by Michael Bailey of Written Backwards. Bailey has put together a collection of thirty-one stories that is not only a complete pleasure to read, but to savor every word. This wasn’t a book that I wanted to skim through quickly and throw on a shelf to collect dust.

The anthology starts with a short story entitled “The Jaunt” by Stephen King. Yes, THAT Stephen King. The story is about a family getting ready to go on their first interplanetary journey by teleportation. It’s a simple story, as most King stories are, but the twist at the end will send chills down your spine…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you’re not already totally sold on QUALIA NOUS, here’s what you’ll find between the covers (which Bailey designed and created himself):

Click here to order a paperback copy of QUALIA NOUS, and when you’re done, be sure to leave your own review.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

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