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Ebook Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-0-359-21695-6 B07KDZ8MTZ
  • 364 pages
  • $1.99 (Kindle) - $2.99 (All Other Formats)
Paperback Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-0-359-21823-3
  • 396 pages
  • $12.00
Joe Townsel
Author
Fury Duty
Joe Townsel, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

In a dystopian future, the roles of judge and jury pale in comparison to the responsibility of Juror No. 13. It is his destiny to carry out his Fury Duty, or face dire consequences. The weekly Test Kitchen dinner parties are always a culinary delight. That is, until one takes an especially delectable turn. Here is the Church, and it may spell the doom of a teenager and a young girl who find their hometown suddenly deserted. It's Business as Usual for a lecherous sales supervisor who has his eye on the beautiful receptionist, who just might be a vampire. Take a Picture, it will last longer, when a woman finds herself pursued and terrorized by a savage trucker. The Visitor at the Door inspires his hospitalized son, and gives him encouragement, when he needs it the most. A woman struggles to overcome her Fear of Open Spaces when the undead rise to inherit the Earth. Nightmares can hurt you only when you're alone. There is always a choice for those with the strength to create one.
Reviews
Amazon

An entertaining mix of speculative fiction and uplifting horror

March 27, 2019

The title story is an effective and thought-provoking piece of speculative fiction, with some truly creepy supernatural stuff thrown in for good measure. At the other end of this diverse collection, the author saves the other best for last. Is there such a thing as "uplifting horror?" If not, let me be the first to coin the phrase. The woman who has a "fear of open spaces" (and why not; there are zombies out there!) overcomes her phobia and struggles for decades for a new life, post-apocalypse. It's really very moving. But most moving is the poem, "The Visitor at the Door." In total, there are seven scary stories to enjoy here. Recommended!

Amazon

A page turner

February 5, 2019

I found it hard to put this book down. I liked the unexpected turns.

The Writer's Digest - 2019 Self-Published Hardcopy and Ebook Awards

 

March 13, 2020

The Writer's Digest is the premiere periodical and website for aspiring and professional authors. Part of the services the editors provide to writers is to enter competitions in a variety of categories and genres. Through the process, the writer gets valuable comments from the judges on his or her work.

Last year, I published Fury Duty, which I entered into the 27th Annual Writers Digest Self-Published Hardcopy Book and Ebook Awards and Self-Published Ebook Awards. These are two distinct competitions with different judges. I'm happy to share the critique the judges from these prestigious competitions.

Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Ebook Awards

The seven works in Fury Duty carry a thread of displacement, flipping from one strange setting to the next. A mishmash of peculiar characters and settings, the pre-trial “Fury Duty” coverage provides nice comic relief. I loved Simmons giving condolences for Carly’s loss of decency. Mendoza's forked tongue and acid blood are creepy reveals, and the sandpaper tongues in “Fury Duty” and “Here is the Church” a vivid commonality. Strong character voices use terms like “butter face” and compare a briefcase to “a loyal dog, often at rest,” revealing individual perceptions. Doris standing up to Mr. Reither with her “hope we live to see another day” philosophy digs the knife in and twists. Nice job stirring reader emotions.

Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Hardcopy Book Awards

 

The author gives us, in this short story anthology, a somewhat R-rated version of The Twilight Zone (a TV anthology overtly noted in the text). The seven stories are short, mostly macabre, and sometimes graphic. The plots range from Juror No. 13 designed also as executioner (in the title short story) to a short story about who's on the menu and, more starkly, what it feels like.

 

The author mixed points of view, from male to female, and uses lots of very good writing techniques to pace the narrative: similes, alliteration, foreshadowing, sentence fragments, short one-sentence paragraphs, and even puns (as in the volume's title). There's even one story in quatrains.

 

The first-person narratives also often offer humor, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but mostly of the gallows variety. There are refreshing themes that echo George Orwell and even a bit of Kafka. The protagonists, chapter by chapter, also are quirky enough, in first-person voices, to be hard to forget. One says to a roadside vulture dining on road kill, "Enjoy your deer tartar, birdie."

The cover is apt for the title story. Each chapter opens with its own image.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-0-359-21695-6 B07KDZ8MTZ
  • 364 pages
  • $1.99 (Kindle) - $2.99 (All Other Formats)
Paperback Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978-0-359-21823-3
  • 396 pages
  • $12.00

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