This story was first published in the collection, Thirteen Specimens, published by Deliriium Books (2006).

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Experience a journey through a world plagued by decay and destruction as Candle, a photographer, navigates a world where biotechnology has evolved and the parasites connecting hosts with Guests have become almost undetectable. Witness the chilling and brutal events that unfold through the insect-like camera's eye when power and control become the only driving force as he captures the horrors of war and the inhumanity of man in this gripping and thought-provoking tale. [...]


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Jeffrey Thomas
Jeffrey Thomas
Jeffrey Thomas is the author of such horror and science fiction novels as THE AMERICAN, DEADSTOCK (finalist for the John W. Campbell Award), BLUE WAR, MONSTROCITY (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award), LETTERS FROM HADES, SUBJECT 11, and BONELAND. His short story collections include PUNKTOWN, GHOSTS OF PUNKTOWN, THE UNNAMED COUNTRY, HAUNTED WORLDS, UNHOLY DIMENSIONS, THIRTEEN SPECIMENS, and THE ENDLESS FALL. Stories by Thomas have been reprinted in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES, and YEAR'S BEST WEIRD FICTION. Though he considers Vietnam his second home, he resides in Massachusetts.