Fiction at Black Tarn Publishing
Check out our works of post-apocalyptic, psychological and dystopian fiction:
A Whore's Song
Hidden away in the backstreets of Amsterdam is a secretive whorehouse, open only to those in the know, where torture, pain and extreme sexual sport are the vehicle to understanding and self-knowledge. Run by the obscure Madame Zhu, the establishment is a magnet to the city’s elite and mad soul-seekers alike. Two lives collide in a chaotic downward spiral brought about by psychoactives and sexual torture when, over the course of a day, a whore recounts her life as a destroyer of egos and one man is forced to face his deepest demons. Cast out into the far reaches of his mind, will he make it back from the other side?
In a world where the weak become prey and strength means brutality, living may come at the cost of dying first.
The Serpent Rose
Isn’t it the dream to live on an idyllic Greek island with sun, sea, sex? Well, dreams have a nasty habit of warping into nightmares.
When Dan lands on Ioussa to escape a boring nine-to-five, he’s ready to live life to the full and play out his dream. At first it’s all fun and games, but getting hooked on the life, things take a disturbing turn.
Feral cats and mischievous angels watch on as Dan loses himself in the demented games of others. Reality and fantasy become hard to tell apart. Lucid fantasies and surreal happenings conspire to rob him of his sanity. Sex, death and mythology weave into one, until Dan is no longer playing out the dream. It might just be that the dream is playing him…
Notes from a Cannibalist
1847. Assuming the identity of a dead Jesuit priest, a survivor of the famine in Ireland travels to South America, where he is tasked with rebuilding the missions among the natives. Inducted into the ways of the Guarani, Father James Carmichael becomes acquainted with ayahuasca and the ways of ritual cannibalism. In a battle with his own gods and demons, the priest fights for the life he has built, his own self the ultimate stake of the struggle. Worlds are shattered, realities crumbled, lives destroyed. His soul victim to the crucible of the New World, what is tempered in the chaos will be outside his control.
In the murky wake of the financial crisis a string of establishments pop up across Europe catering to a hedonistic underground, its clientele beholden to a strange, hallucinatory meat. Stoked by the fleshy and charismatic Hugo and fuelled by voracious consumption of ecstasy, the craze spreads from the heart of Europe all the way to the Mediterranean, where in Athens the financial elite begin to turn on each other. Follow the story to its savage end, where consumption eats itself alive.
Zero quit the drug that everyone else is taking. The drug, Chimerol, warps reality to keep the clones dumbed down. It is taken on the premise of a lie. Zero is plunged into a dystopian reality. It is the Beast Machine that administers the drug to everyone, and its demons hunt those who stop taking Chimerol. Isolated by this nightmarish discovery, and driven by his loneliness, Zero writes to a suburban acquaintance, Lori, urging her to stop taking Chimerol. Scared by the content of these letters, Lori’s husband informs the authorities. Demons are dispatched to go after Zero, but is their target all that he seems?
Zero is a dystopian fantasy that questions the very nature of reality.
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