Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Watchlist Countdown, Day 9: “Terro(Tour)istas” by Juan Pablo Villalobos

     This story begins when Joao sees a photo of the K2 mountain on Facebook. We'll call him Joao instead of using his real name in order to respect, at the very least, that miniscule detail of his privacy.

       from “Terro(Tour)istas” by Juan Pablo Villalobos, translated by Annie McDermott

If ever a story in Watchlist was epitomized by the unblinking, all-seeing eye on the cover design of the book, “Terro(Tour)istas” by Juan Pablo Villalobos is it.  It is a downward-spiraling, stomach-acid-churning tale of paranoia and a sharp reminder of one thing: They Are Watching.

Watchlist: 32 Short Stories by Persons of Interest, edited by Bryan Hurt, will be published by O/R Books on May 21.  The “persons of interest” contributing short stories to the anthology include Etgar Keret, Robert Coover, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, David Abrams, Randa Jarrar, Katherine Karlin, Miracle Jones, Mark Irwin, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Dale Peck, Bonnie Nadzam, Lucy Corin, Chika Unigwe, Paul Di Filippo, Lincoln Michel, Dana Johnson, Mark Chiusano, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Chanelle Benz, Sean Bernard, Kelly Luce, Zhang Ran, Miles Klee, Carmen Maria Machado, Steven Hayward, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Alexis Landau and Bryan Hurt.

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