Savage Night and Other Stories
KILLING THE SPY INSIDE
Two books in one, this collection includes a short novel, Savage Night, and a group of stories exploring similar themes of death, control, self-actualization, and the conflict between the socialized self and the True or inner self.
In Savage Night, Jean Savage is a crew member on an industrial ship forced to land on a desolate planet so its parent corporation can form an alliance with the ultimate enforcers of control: the serpent headed demons of the Duat, a nocturnal underworld the Ancient Egyptians visualized in their funereal text, The Book of Coming into Day. Not content to own the bodies of its employees, the RA corporation wants to exploit their souls as well. In the Duat, there are no enemies of RA. Not anymore.
Fighting a guerilla war using sex magic rituals and protective spells, Jean struggles against the corporation and its demon allies to keep her true self alive until the dawn that brings escape. But her biggest challenge is finding her own soul, her True Self, which has been lost in layers of social, psychological, and corporate control.
Other Stories features two early Jean Savage texts exploring similar themes in different contexts where she is a juvenile delinquent struggling against the hostile influences of family and society. There are also stories involving killer clowns spreading a bizarre sex virus; pirates seeking immortality in deep space; a trio of eco-terrorist mermaids; and the gingerbread man as a computer hacker. Using black humor, social satire, violent eroticism, science fiction motifs, and experimental narrative structures, these compelling yarns perform themselves in the cinema of the mind’s eye.
Jeff Bagato has published the books Mondo DC: An Insider’s Guide to Washington, DC’s Most Unusual Tourist Attractions and Spells of Coming Day, a collection of poetry.
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