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A Taste of Tenderloin

24/10/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Apex Publications are putting together eight tales of the dark side of San Francisco's 'Loin sector in this collection by horror writer Gene O'Neill. Several of the short stories included have appeared in magazines such as Cemetery Dance Magazine, Dark Wisdom, and the anthologies Unnatural Selection, Horror Beyond II, and The Grand Struggle. His tale Balance was a Stoker Award Finalist.

The 'Loin, O'Neill told, is "a colorful section of [San Francisco], but rundown now like the famed Bowery used to be in NYC, hookers, pimps, junkies, all kinds of scam artists, but a certain kind of sleazy excitement in the foggy air at night [] Some of the characters in the various stories are composites of real people living in the 'loin back then. E.g.: There is a description in "The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee" of an aging junkie playing classical music on a corner for hat money, a tawdry angel trying to flap her broken wings and fly up out of the sleazy muck."

Some of the tales included in this collection are The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee, about a man who discovers a very special ability after receiving a vicious beating; Bruised Soul, the story of an ex-boxer returning to the Tenderloin after a stay in a Sate Hospital, but still battling his own demons; and Lost Patrol, which follows a wounded vet after his return to the 'loin after Vietnam, who is stalked by a supernatural presence. The collection also includes the tale Bushido.

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