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Diagnosis: Terminal [Mass Market Paperback]

F. Paul Wilson


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Dec 15 1997
From alternative medicine to murder, F.Paul Wilson's Diagnosis: Terminal reveals terrors surgical, psychological, and institutional. In stark, operating-room light these fourteen writers take scalpel and pen to the body and soul of humanity as it lies stretched out on the stainless-steel page. Rendered in laser-sharp detail, these incisive narrative reveal our needs, our hurts, our desires, and our fears.

This unsettling anthology submerges us in the near-witchcraft methods of a nineteenth abortionist and awes us with a post-apocalypse future where autistic mutants telepathically remove pain. But more than anything, it gives us frightening real glimpses of ourselves and a nightmarish medical future that may be here in five minutes--if it's not already.

Featuring stories by F. Paul Wilson, Bill Pronzini, Chet Williamson, Matthew Costello, Billie Sue Mosiman, Steve Spruill, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas F. Monteleone, Tina L.Jens, Ridley Pearson, Jack Nimersheim, Brunch H. Rogers, Ed Gorman, and Karl Edward Wagner.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Dec 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550887
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,704,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Only two of the 14 authors tapped for this entertaining anthology of medical horror stories are celebrated in that subgenre: Stephen Spruill (Painkiller) and editor Wilson (Implant). The others are newer writers, those renowned in other regions of horror (Chet Williamson; Thomas F. Monteleone; Ed Gorman) or visitors from altogether different genres (Bill Pronzini; Ridley Pearson). So if there's less experimental writing here than in many contemporary horror anthologies, there's plenty of spark, with each author adapting his or her own specialty to medical horror, and only a whiff or two of the patterns established by the king of stethoscope shock, Robin Cook. Pronzini kicks off the collection with a moody evocation of a moralistic madwoman in the last century ("Angel of Mercy"). Williamson contributes a sardonic yarn ("Dr. Joe") about a venal physician who gets involved in an insurance scam, while Pearson digs into his bag of crime-novelist tricks to create a gripping thriller novella about medical vengeance ("All Over But the Dying"). In the clever "Petit Mal," high-tech SF writer Jack Nimersheim imagines programmable biological devices attacking their creator. Elsewhere, Bruce Holland Rogers's "Wind Over Heaven" tells the pleasantly macabre story of a restaurant owner who gets caught up in the world of alternative medicine. With all due respect to the diagnostic abilities of Wilson, who is a physician, the title of this book should be: Diagnosis: Robust.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA. This collection of short stories deals with fictionalized medical terror. The anthology spans many time periods?from Civil War days to the future where mutated creatures are used to absorb human pain?and locations from hospitals to cruise ships. Each story is brief, intense, and written by a prominent author. Though this book will appeal to a limited audience, that audience will love it to death.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it ! Jan. 22 2012
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14 stories...14 writers.

PRONZINI WILLIAMSON COSTELLO MOSIMAN SPRUILL
BYERS MONTELEONE JENS PEARSON NIMERSHIEM ROGERS
WILSON GORMAN WAGNER

The year 1996. Each and every story is great.

No slackers in this book. A must read.***** 5 stars.

I could not pick a favorite if I had too....well--maybe
SURVIVAL by ED GORMAN.

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