Death and the Dream
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J.J.Brown's scary short stories uncover the faces of death and the meaning of dreams. From scenes of tragic childhood abandonment in the mountains, to crises of conscience in the research labs of New York City, the stories illuminate the beauty and the horror of ordinary lives. Mothers, daughters, scientists, and murderers explore the fine line drawn between hopes and dreams. In the story Mouse Chimera, a young scientist is locked in the laboratory with the HIV-infected chimeric mice she created. A dreaming student searches for love in the bars of the East Village, in the tale Hills of Rabbits. In Underground, a mother with PTSD tries to guess a victim’s identity after a haunting subway suicide. A schizophrenic daughter fights for a dream of affection in the short story Mother's Love. A scientist finds her experiments with toxic chemicals touch workers around her in Lab after Dark. And in Shepherds’ Night, a couple traveling for the holidays runs into an accident deep in the wilderness. The realistic characters face death around them as inescapable parts of life. Author J.J.Brown brings the authenticity of a modern science background to her writing.