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‘Appalling Stories’: You Won’t Believe What’s in these 13 Tales

UPDATE: Jan. 12, 2018—Paperback version available now!

What happens when social media and entertainment overwhelm society? What about when a man finds out his country sides with foreign invaders against its own citizens? Or what happens when a self-righteous mob thirsts for violence? You’ll have to read, Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice, to learn the answers to these questions!

Pulp novels and magazines of days gone by featured gritty fiction full of excitement, startling endings, and eternal themes. You’ll find similar stories in the brand new anthology by David Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and me. But all our tales feature contemporary plots told in ways like you’ve never seen.
What does this mean? It means you find revenge stories, tales of justice, military drama, and literary fiction in Appalling Stories. But all the yarns incorporate modern issues such as LGBTQI activism, college radicalism, challenges to free speech, diversity, and more. No preaching here—just backdrops f…
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WRITTEN BY Christian Toto

Three right-leaning writers take our woke age to task in this short story collection.

Some stories rarely get told by Hollywood, let alone writers seeking approval from august literary imprints.

The folks behind an “Appalling” new story collection didn’t let that stop them.

Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice” pokes fun at PC restrictions with a collection of tales speaking to an increasingly silly age.

HiT reached out to the authors behind the book – Paul Hair, David Dubrow and Ray Zacek – to find out more about the short story collection and why they trained their firepower on Social Justice Warriors.

HiT; Sinking your teeth into social justice follies is both fertile ground and mostly unexplored terrain … did that make the project even more tempting to tackle?

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Mortal Gods: ‘Presidential Pardon’ Available Now—in ‘Appalling Stories!’

Liberate Liberty promoted the then-in-progress, Mortal Gods: “Presidential Pardon,” in March of 2017. The story is now available in, Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice, the brand new anthology by David Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and me.

“Spying and treason accusations are all the rage in the news,” I wrote on March 13, 2017. “So ‘Presidential Pardon’ will be a short story in the Mortal Gods universe that will fit right in with the times.”
I also wrote that, “I plan to publish it serially here at Liberate Liberty and simultaneously at Liberty Island Magazine.” That plan changed. The Appalling Stories anthology I worked on with Ray and Dave proved to be a perfect fit for the tale so I included it in there.
And as I noted in 2017, “Presidential Pardon” has “espionage and betrayal in the story, with some people supporting it and others opposing it. There will be accusations of injustice followed by demands for justice.”
So buy Appalling Stories today (or wait until it is available i…

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EW picked 12 different comic books for its list of, “The best comics of 2017.” Two of them in particular caught my attention. First, the book it selected for “Best Political Commentary” was, Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? After mentioning that, “Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency provoked a lot of pop culture reactions this year,” EW summarizes the story.
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‘Appalling Stories’ Promoted on Ace of Spades HQ

Conservative website Ace of Spades HQ linked to Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice on the Dec. 24 edition of its Sunday Morning Book Thread.
Click on over to AoSHQ and read all about it.
Dave Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and I appreciate the promotion of our brand new anthology!
Appalling Stories is available now as an eBook and is coming soon in paperback.