John Mantooth is an award-winning author whose short stories have been recognized in numerous year’s best anthologies. His short fiction has been published in Fantasy Magazine, Crime Factory, Thuglit, and the Stoker-winning anthology, Haunted Legends (Tor, 2010), among others. He’s represented by Beth Fleisher of Clear Sailing Creatives, and he’s a founding member of the semi-notorious writing group Snutch Labs. His first book, Shoebox Train Wreck, was released in March of 2012 from ChiZine Publications. His debut novel, The Year of the Storm, was released from Berkley in June 2013. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Becky, and two children.
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Bus Full of Losers
“Mantooth tests his characters, through temptation and disaster; it is a grim joy to watch them fall, or claw their way through the storm to glimpse a clear sky. Immoral or righteous, they are human and beautiful in all their darkness. . . . Perhaps the most interesting thing about this book is the variety and Mantooth’s ability to leave no doubt these stories belong in the same collection. This display of humanity is beautifully written and thought-provoking, and yet remains devoid of the saccharin to which such works can fall victim.”
—The Crow’s Caw