Short stories by Adam-Troy Castro

Adam-Troy Castro made his first non-fiction sale to SPY magazine in 1987. His 26 books to date include among others four Spider-Man novels, 3 novels about his profoundly damaged far-future murder investigator Andrea Cort, and 6 middle-grade novels about the dimension-spanning adventures of that very strange but very heroic young boy Gustav Gloom. Adam’s darker short fiction for grownups is highlighted by his most recent collection, Her Husband’s Hands And Other Stories (Prime Books). Adam’s works have won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, two Hugos, and, internationally, the Ignotus (Spain), the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), and the Kurd-Laßwitz Preis (Germany). He lives in Florida with his wife Judi and either three or four cats, depending on what day you’re counting and whether Gilbert’s escaped this week. 

Listing 7 stories.

In a futuristic world where hardly a trace of natural life exists untouched by human interference, a Citizen makes an unprecedented choice that brings a slew of notoriety and ethical questions.

Through a confronting use of second-person, four haunted houses are hypothesized, each worse than the last, and ending with the most terrifying picture of all: dark reality in suburbia.

When the Grim Reaper breaks into a treacherous mansion, he unwittingly enters a trap that forces him to confront his violent past.

As you are walking through a city one day, bodies begin to rain from the sky.

In a far-future dystopia, a young girl imprisoned for religiously deviant thoughts and behaviors yearns to escape from the paradisal prison complex constructed by artificial intelligence. She is surprised when the artificial intelligence guarding her cell does not stop her inventive plan to get seven people to break her out.

In a dystopian future dominated by technology, a man is ejected from his orgynism—a mass of sedated human bodies connected for their own sexual pleasure. Without that blissful oblivion, the man is left to wander what is left of his city.

Monica and Di, a teenage mother and a unique child, become targets of Monica's parents and protesters all over the world who demand that child like Di be eradicated.