By Andy Frankham-Allen

Aphelion – the Earth’s orbit whilst it's furthest from the Sun.
The brief tales during this assortment are all trips into the darkest corners of the human mind.
How some distance may you cross for those who didn’t need to fear concerning the consequences?
What occurs while you’re compelled to dwell with the guilt of whatever you didn’t even do?

And how may you cope in the event you have been compelled to change all of your belief of self, just because the realm replaced once you slept?

All those questions and extra may be spoke back during this anthology from Rainbow Award-nominated writer Andy Frankham-Allen.

This assortment includes:
Times Change
Off Flesh
Reflection
One Mistake
Serere, a Prelude: The backyard Saga

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Elizabeth came into the corridor pushing Marilyn in ahead of her. Lewis appeared with his drink. “Safe and sound,” Elizabeth said. Marilyn’s feet were still blue. She still wore her white silk robe over her nightgown. ” Elizabeth said. Marilyn didn’t speak but she didn’t turn her eyes down either. ” “Me, too,” Elizabeth said quickly. “Not me,” Lewis said. “Oh, you can stay up all night drinking if you want,” Elizabeth said. Marilyn moved away down the corridor toward the bedrooms. Stuart followed.

Internal consistency is not good for you. It is a system for rejecting possibilities. It is a straitjacket for the mind. ” Rebecca, still wearing the mate of the Ghost of Christmas Shifted Sideways in Time, crawled over to Kenneth. ” She snuggled up to his side, but as soon as she touched him, she stiffened like she’d grabbed an electric wire. The sock on her hand jerked her arm up into the air, and Kenneth realized that sometimes a sock wasn’t just a sock. The Ghost of Christmas Shifted Sideways In Time and the Ghost of Maybe We Should Have Gone To My Mother’s For Christmas twisted together like snakes and rose up and up and around in a kiss high above Kenneth and Rebecca, forcing them together in a face to face confrontation.

We won’t do it,” Jessica said. ” She closed Mom’s mouth and squeezed Mom’s eyes tightly shut. “Hey! ” I yelled. ” Ada grabbed Mom’s feet and gave me a sharp look. I got the message. I took Mom under the arms, and we tossed her over the side again. Toby just sat there for a moment like he couldn’t believe his eyes, then he jumped up and put his front paws up on the railing and watched Mom bounce. When we pulled her up this time and propped her against the bridge railing, I looked closely into her wild eyes, hoping, I guess, for a little momness.

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