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.