A new hallucinogen known simply as "The Shot" has appeared out of nowhere, gaining rapid popularity among celebrities, drug enthusiasts, and mainstream America alike. The drug, a bright green slime distributed in mysterious, unmarked glass containers, is injected directly into the stomach through a syringe. The experience, users say, is mind-expanding, and that "everything you see becomes something else."
The Shot leaps to the forefront of the world's attention when an A-list actor has a very public meltdown while high on the substance. He uploads a bizarre two-hour rant to YouTube--which ends up becoming the site's most-viewed video, ever--pleading with the people of the world to take the drug.The formerly non-religious suddenly have Scripture on their lips (or some skewed version of it), redemption, impending glory ... and the imminent arrival of The Mothership, come to save the lost children of humanity.
In this near-future science fiction thriller, Doctor Gaines presents an alarming new vision of addiction, spirituality, and the fate of the human race. The Shot threatens to shake loose the very foundations of the earth, and to unravel the collective sanity of mankind.
Take a hit, if you dare...
Doctor Gaines (it's a name, not a title) is the author of a number of stories, including "Michigan, Ten Cents," the novella "Clara's Quilt," and the pulp science fiction thriller, "THE SHOT," published by Muzzleland Press. His work has appeared in "Spooklights" and "High Strange Horror."
Doctor was born in Lincoln NE (and still has a great fondness for the Midwest), spent his formative years in Albuquerque NM, and now lives in Denver CO with his wife and daughter. Before turning to writing fiction full time, Doctor played in the Albuquerque band Abraham the Poor, dropped out of film school, won a handful of poetry slams, and dabbled for a brief stint in drawing Harry Potter-themed comics. His passion for The Alan Parsons Project is rivaled by none amongst people his age.
Doctor is interested in realistically flawed and desperate characters, and in fiction that explores the human tendency to self-destruct. His primary influences are Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, John Steinbeck, Donald Ray Pollock, Bret Easton Ellis and Lee Hardcastle. He is a Constant Reader, attempting writer, and will soon be the most famous novelist you've never heard of.
"The narrator of Gaines' debut novel is a solitary and compassionate observer to a mysterious drug epidemic threatening humanity. The voice and tone are compelling, and the story is brimming with vivid descriptions that immerse the reader. Gaines reinvents and reshapes popular Science-Fiction tropes to yield something new, imaginative, and fun. What is perhaps the best aspect of The Shot is how it offers clever social commentary and criticisms without becoming didactic. Overall this is a good read, a strong narrative with a unique form that doesn't sacrifice substance for style. It has camp and consciousness." - Donald Quist (author of Let Me Make You A Sandwich)
“It’s wildly enjoyable, at times terrifying and grotesque, and has a genius ending that left me both horrified and grinning like an idiot... Definitely worth your time”— Christopher J. Fraser, author of Dystopolis and Tales from the End