In the new issue of Subterranean, we're delighted to present Robert Jackson Bennett's first novella, "To Be Read Upon Your Waking". To date, Robert is the author of Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, and, most recently, The Troupe. I recently read The Company Man, which is a very noir, slighly futuristic tale that treads pretty solidly in Philip K. Dick country.
About "To Be Read Upon Your Waking", Robert writes:
The sporadic letters of a wayward English aristocrat named only 'James' tell a strange story: he purchases what he believes to be the site of a small, ancient Christian church in Post-War France. Yet as he excavates the site through the brutal winter, he begins to experience strange phenomena: not only does he see mysterious lights in the woods, but he begins to age at a rapidly increasing rate. Soon James realizes he may not be wrong: it is the site of a church… just probably not a Christian one.
While I have you, I should also point out some wonderful thoughts The Speculative Scotsman had on K. J. Parker's "Let Maps to Others":
...Parker's new novella is a stunner, still. It's that rare story that leaves you feeling smarter for having read it, and it's currently available online for the princely sum of nothing.