Tentacles Press Presents:
A Flash Fiction and Short Story Chapbook
Download, Blackout, a chapbook of stories about the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave. This e-book includes three full-length short stories and three flash fictions related to that historic event. That heat wave set a precedent for large urban areas and how they handle heat-related disasters, a growing phenomenon as global warming increases.
Each of these stories has been published by a reputable journal either online or in print. The story, “Heat Island,” has been compared to James Joyce’s, “The Dead,” by an acclaimed author and the other stories have been warmly received for their rich characters and excellent writing. If you like the stories and feel they are worth money, please feel free to name your price and donate via the paypal button below. The stories are:
- High Rise – originally appeared in Prime Number
- Heat Island – originally appeared in Crate
- Cooler by the Lake – originally appeared in Atticus Review
- The Last Man to Ever Let You Down – originally appeared in R.kv.r.y
- It’s Next Door – originally appeared in Apparatus Magazine
- Shagging Flies – originally appeared in Palimpsest
Here, select the file which suits your e-book needs:
(please note: the kindle and epub versions are saved as .zip files so simply “unzip” the download to find a perfectly healthy e-book – you may need to download to your computer, unzip the file and then transfer to your e-reading device)
Blackout – Kindle Version
Nook, Sony, iPad – this is the Epub of Blackout
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Learn more about the 1995 Heat Wave:
- Sociologist Eric Klinenberg wrote a book titled, Dying Alone. It’s a book of sociology, so it’s packed with quantitative data, dontchanknow.
- Read the Wikipedia entry here.
- The news article which helped inspire, “The Last Man to Ever Let You Down,” “Chicago Heat Wave Victims Buried Together,” by Judy Pasternak.
- Eric Klinenberg’s Slate article, “When Chicago Baked.”
- Encyclopedia of Chicago: “Heat Wave of 1995“
- Chicago Muckrakers: “The 1995 heat wave reflected Chicago’s “geography of vulnerability“
- Chicago Tribune: “The 1995 Chicago Heat Wave“
- The New Yorker Review of Klinenberg’s book, complete with a great description of the environmental factors involved: “Political Heat.”