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A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

By Roger Zelazny

The bestselling writer of the Amber sequence creates a pleasant and dramatic interval delusion populated via speaking canine and characters from well known legend. Accompanying and amplifying the textual content are a chain of 31 full-page illustrations via one of many masters of surprising and awful art.

Originally released in 1993.

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Now and again he’d reach up and start it all over. Soon as I was in the room, and that sound from the record was snugged up around me, I felt sick. I had gone to a greasy spoon down the street, after I changed a flat tire. One of the boys I’d given a hard time had most likely knifed it. My bet was the lucky son of a bitch who had fallen on the fire escape. Besides the tire, a half-dozen long scratches had been cut into the paint on the passenger side, and my windshield was knocked in. I got back from the café, parked what was left of my car behind the hotel, down the street a bit, and walked a block.

Cedric’s head came off. There was silence for a moment. “I’m so sorry,” she said to Joaquin. “I didn’t intend his decapitation. The mess . ” “He’ll flake away and we’ll get out the vacuum cleaner,” Joaquin said, with a good approximation of calm. Before his elevation to the sheriff’s posi­ DEATH BY DAHLIA ■ 25 tion, Joaquin had been in body disposal, Dahlia recalled. ” That was something Cedric would never have said, and Dahlia bright­ ened. “Thank you, Sheriff. He almost surprised me,” she said, and she could barely believe the words were coming from her lips.

There was something inside the music; something that squished and scuttled and honked and raved, something unsettling, like a snake in a satin glove. “Cut it off,” I said. But Alma May had already done it. She said, “That’s as far as I’ve ever let it go. It’s all I can do to move to cut it off. It feels like it’s getting more powerful the more it plays. I don’t want to hear the rest of it. I don’t know if I can take it. How can that be, Richard? ” I was actually feeling weak, like I’d just come back from a bout with the flu and someone had beat my ass.

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