WITHIN HIS REACH ebook now available!
The Legumeman Books guys and girls have done a wonderful job, and this is release number two of April…one more to come. :)
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"Gerlach has hit it out of the ball park with 'Within His Reach’” - Cemetery Dance
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April - Month of Gerlach
First of all, the German version of RAGE is shipping on the 16th.
The publisher is Wurdack Verlag and orders can be placed on their website here: http://www.wurdackverlag.de/
As a reminder, the cover art is below. More updates on the other two releases any day now… :)
WITHIN HIS REACH reviewed in Cemetery Dance Magazine
It’s very satisfying to read such a review for my Rod Serling tribute story.
It’s also quite timely, as there will be some more news about WITHIN HIS REACH very soon… And it will be of interest to those of you who were unable to secure a copy before it sold out! Yes, you will have an opportunity to grab the story once more.
When the news is official, I will post it here.
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Review for WITHIN HIS REACH from HorrorWorld
WITHIN HIS REACH by Steve Gerlach; Tasmaniac Publications; 2010; 107 pgs.; $14.00
Whenever I’m presented a story in which the author proclaims he’s penned as a tribute to The Twilight Zone, I am positive of one thing before starting it… that it will inevitably contain a “gotcha” , or a “holy cow!” moment, at or near the end of the piece. This isn’t a negative for me, after all, who doesn’t fondly recall watching all of those twilight episodes and wondering how the screenwriter was going to place that ironic twist at the end of the tale. The only thing I am not certain of when reading an author’s homage to Rod Serling’s series, is whether the story can live up to the high standards Serling demanded for his scripts. Within His Reach is Steve Gerlach’s tribute to the man and his show, and I am pleased to report that Gerlach has done an outstanding job with this novella; it could have easily been the basis for a Twilight Zone script.
Gerlach gives us Arnold Enright, a man suffering badly from polio. It’s the early 1950’s, when drug stores still had fountains and pay phones. It was a time when people drove Oldsmobile Starfires and women usually wore dresses or skits. But unfortunately, it was also an era where polio was rampant, and the treatment for advanced cases was to place the patients in an iron lung. And that’s where we meet Arnold, during his sixth year occupying his metallic prison.
Saying that Arnold has it bad is a gross understatement. His pregnant wife left him only a short time after he was placed in the iron lung, and he has never seen his daughter. His wife had been kind enough to send him a few pictures over the years of his young girl, and he has them placed above his head so he can continually gaze at them and wonder how she turned out. Or if she even knows of him. Of course, Arnold has become bitter of his situation, and he cannot stop thinking the worst about his wife for leaving him and for never bringing his daughter to the hospital to see him. Even suicide is not an option to help him forget his problems as he has no control of his body from the neck down.
Then one day, Arnold learns from his doctor that there is a new medical procedure that may be able to help him. He quickly agrees, and the doctor performs the operation.
When Arnold wakes up from the procedure, he inexplicably finds himself on a park bench.
To his amazement, he’s breathing on his own, he can feel his body, and learns that he can walk again. He is jubilant to say the least, but confused as to why he’s on the bench. Things get even stranger though; he discovers that he is alone in the park, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone else he can see mulling around outside the park. When he strikes off to find others, he is at first startled to realize he’s in his hometown, but then soon becomes excited at the prospect of visiting his home and finally getting to meet his daughter. Now if this were an actual Twilight Zone story, this is where that eerie jingle would kick in and the camera would pan on Arnold’s face before we went to a commercial.
As you can guess, we learn quickly that things are not what they seem and Arnold makes one sad discovery after another. The oddest of them is a strange, low flying aircraft with uniformed men on a railing that slowly cruises over the town watching all that goes on below them. To write anymore about Arnold’s plight would be to give too much away, but I will say, that sometimes when wishes are granted, they don’t always turn out the way it’s expected.
Steve Gerlach has hit the ball out of the park with Within His Reach. He has done an outstanding job following the basic tenets of a Twilight Zone story by keeping the tale thought provoking, morally positive, entertaining, and downright spooky. Fans of Gerlach who are accustomed to his more extreme horror tales will be surprised, there’s not a bloody hammer to be found anywhere in this story, in fact, there’s not an ounce of gore or extreme violence to be found on any of the pages. Here’s hoping that he continues to write more work in this vein.
Within His Reach is another superb offering from Tasmaniac Publications. Their affordable trade paperback line of releases with their glossy and stunning covers, signed author sheets, interior artwork, and high quality paper, should be a model for all small presses. If you haven’t picked up a Tasmaniac book yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot, and Within His Reach would be a great way to introduce yourself to this publisher.
--T. T. Zuma
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The cover artwork is by Alan M. Clark and it features a special introduction by William F. Nolan.
Find the cover synopsis and artwork below. Order yours from Tasmaniac Publications before they sell out!
Arnold Enright has been a prisoner for the past six years, confined to a cell not of his own making. Sentenced to viewing his world's reflection in a mirror and with little hope of escape, he is a man whose whole existence can be measured in feet and inches, his only companion the relentless wheeze of an iron lung.
In this hopeless life of scientific dead-ends, Arnold Enright is left to ponder, to regret, to constantly remember what was, and what might have been. Forever praying for an escape route and a way to end it all, Mr Enright is about to discover his prayers have been answered, but in a way he could never have imagined.
Praise for WITHIN HIS REACH:
"WITHIN HIS REACH is a gripping story, reminiscent of a top-drawer Twilight Zone episode. Steve Gerlach grabs you right at the start and holds you breathless until the very last line. I can imagine the spirits of Rod Serling and Charles Beaumont nodding their approval over this powerful novella--it's a terrific piece of work."
--Christopher Conlon, Bram Stoker Award finalist for Midnight on Mourn Street, Starkweather Dreams
"I've read and enjoyed everything Steve Gerlach has published but I never imagined he had the talent, the soul, and the insight to write a story like Within His Reach. This is a wonderful tribute to Rod Serling --deeply moving, heartbreaking, even. It's an emotional roller-coaster I'll be thinking about for a long time. I can't recommend it highly enough."
-- John R. Little, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Miranda, The Memory Tree and The Gray Zone
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William F. Nolan to Introduce WITHIN HIS REACH
Everyone is very lucky that the planets aligned for this, and I think readers both old and new will get a real buzz out of this introduction. WITHIN HIS REACH is even more special now.
Alan M Clark will also be providing the cover artwork, which will be an absolute delight as well.
As a reminder, here's the synopsis below:
Arnold Enright has been a prisoner for the past six years, confined to a cell not of his own making. Sentenced to viewing his world's reflection in a mirror and with little hope of escape, he is a man whose whole existence can be measured in feet and inches, his only companion the relentless wheeze of an iron lung. In this hopeless life of scientific dead-ends, Arnold Enright is left to ponder, to regret, to constantly remember what was, and what might have been. Forever praying for an escape route and a way to end it all, Mr Enright is about to discover his prayers have been answered, but in a way he could never have imagined.
WITHIN HIS REACH
a novella by
Within His Reach submitted to Tasmaniac Publications
Within His Reach synopsis release
"Arnold Enright has been a prisoner for the past six years, confined to a cell not of his own making. Sentenced to viewing his world's reflection in a mirror and with little hope of escape, he is a man whose whole existence can be measured in feet and inches, his only companion the relentless wheeze of an iron lung. In this hopeless life of scientific dead-ends, Arnold Enright is left to ponder, to regret, to constantly remember what was, and what might have been. Forever praying for an escape route and a way to end it all, Mr Enright is about to discover his prayers have been answered, but in a way he could never have imagined.
WITHIN HIS REACH
a novella by
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