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August Heat

August Heat

Many believe this to be the finest short story on the subject of precognition ever written. You be the judge. At less than 15 minutes, it’s certainly worth a listen. Read by Edison McDaniels. Visit Edison McDaniels online at surgicalfiction.com, where you can join his newsletter and get additional incentives, such as extra chapters and stories not available to the general public. And remember, many of Edison’s stories, including his novels, are available on Kindle Unlimited. You can read them…

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The Least Detailed Plans of a Great & Complicated Apparatus

The Least Detailed Plans of a Great & Complicated Apparatus

An ancient skull gradually subsumes Dr. Jolly Frye’s time, talents—and mind. Is it possession, madness, or something else altogether? An all new tale of exquisite surgical fiction from the mind of Edison McDaniels. Read by the author. This story first appeared in the 2016 anthology The Night Bazaar: Eleven Haunting Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires, edited by Lenore Hart. The Night Bazaar is available in print and ebook right now. The second volume of the anthology will be…

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An Endless Array of Broken Men

An Endless Array of Broken Men

An Endless Array of Broken Men, a novella by Edison McDaniels, is the impetus for my series of full length novels, THE GETTYSBURG TRILOGY. This novella received honorable mention in The Seventeenth Edition of the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (2003). It is an intense story of the deep wounds inflicted on the surgeons at a battlefield hospital as they labor endlessly over the wounded in a time before germ theory or antisepsis. For Joshua Bay, hell is twenty-four sleepless…

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How I get into your head—with both pen & scalpel

How I get into your head—with both pen & scalpel

Med School 101 for writers: the mentality of surgeons and writers My day job is a fairly severe mistress, consuming my time with a vengeance matched only by the concentration required to complete many of my daily tasks. That may not sound like much, until I tell you that what I do between 9 and 5—well, more like 7 and 7 most days—is crack skulls.  No, I am not a bouncer at some hellishly belligerent bar, though I do have…

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Six Days in September

Six Days in September

Just finished this one tonight. A truly awesome telling of The Battle of Antietam from the Southern viewpoint. Available now on Audible! Posted 3/12/2019

THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL

THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL

 THE ABSOLUTION OF OTTO FINKEL by John R. McKay. NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE! This historical novel tells the story of five boys, joined forever in the misery of a shared moment in childhood. Though only one is scarred physically, the ramifications of that terrible day reverberate years later for each of them. This is an epic telling of the momentous choices life offers, and the selections we make when pressed in the most extreme conditions imaginable. The stage of…

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Audiobook narrator Edison McDaniels reviews ‘I am perhaps dying’

Audiobook narrator Edison McDaniels reviews ‘I am perhaps dying’

I AM PERHAPS DYING: The Medical Backstory of Spinal Tuberculosis Hidden in the Civil War Diary of Leroy Wiley Gresham by Dennis Rasbach, MD, FACS A scholarly yet imminently readable and fascinating account of a twenty-first century surgeon’s analysis and perspective on the medical care and musings of one Leroy Wiley Gresham. If you read nothing else about medicine in the nineteenth century, read this. If you have no interest in medicine in the nineteenth century, read this. Leroy Gresham…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads THE HYDE EFFECT

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads THE HYDE EFFECT

Now Available! In the hills of Southern California, a series of violent and gruesome deaths occur within the space of a few hours. The murders are attributed to an unknown, savage animal. Precisely one month later, college student Meg Talley is attacked in the same manner. Astonishingly, she survives, but when she insists that her assailant was a hideous monster-like creature, she is called hysterical. Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Saving King

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Saving King

A shot rings out and a King dies. But for 64 minutes, the issue is in doubt. At 6:01 pm on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Memphis, TN after a failed attempt at open cardiac massage. He was 39 years old. King was standing on the balcony outside room 306 on the second floor of the Lorraine Motel when, in the words of biographer Taylor…

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Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Bottom of the 5th

Audiobook Narrator Edison McDaniels reads Bottom of the 5th

Have you seen the movie THE SANDLOT? Well, that was pretty much my childhood. As a ten year old, it seemed the mysteries of life came alive through baseball. This is a story straight out of those glory days of playing baseball on the diamonds of Southern California, of the smell of cut grass in the outfield, of hitting impossible homers on and off the field. And of ghosts. This story is very much about the ghosts of childhood. You…

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