Monday, April 9, 2007

"Ray Gun" / Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest #11/ November 2007

Honorable Mention in the 2008 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror!
Ah.... feels good, getting those sales, don't it? I've been so heads-down with novels for so long, I only recently came up for air and cranked out a few short stories that have been scratching inside my head for too long. "Ray Gun" has been recently published by Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest. It's a good fit, I think, as the story itself is a cross between the two genres. Apex has published the likes of Ben Bova and William F. Nolan in the past, so it's an honor to be considered among their ranks!
Jason Sanford reviewed the issue, and said "Another great story is "Ray Gun" by Daniel G. Keohane, in which an old man with Alzheimer's encounters a hostile alien. As the killing starts, the character tries to understand if this is really happening or simply a disease-related hallucination. While this set-up could have been a disaster in the hands of a bad writer, Keohane's steady prose presents the main character and situation through painfully-understated images and emotions, which gently lead the reader toward a tragic but understandable conclusion."