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Palladium At Night

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  22 reviews
What if Jack Parsons' work led to a very different JPL, satellite technology, and NASA than we know it today?

PALLADIUM AT NIGHT is a novelette from Christopher Slatsky (ALECTRYOMANCER AND OTHER WEIRD TALES) illustrated by the stellar Dave Felton. Occult weird science horror at its best.

Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Dim Shores
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Slatsky takes the reader on a true voyage of bizarre strangeness with his new chapbook titled “Palladium At Night”. The story begins when a recovering alcoholic and his dog decide they wish to leave the city and spend some time in the wilderness. So of course he steals his sister-in-laws truck and off he goes.

Unbeknownst to him, a military operation, from what may be assumed is another dimension, has made a small beachfront into a few hundred yards of the same wilderness.

The story is
Janie C.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated chapbook, in which time speeds up, reverses and turns its main character on cosmic cartwheels. Interspersed with his experiences are segments of conversation between the military and some very unusual scientists who are manipulating the space/time continuum to incomplete findings. Dizzying and speculative, this is an eerie account of humans meddling with the unknown.

Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Dim Shores chapbook is numbered 200. I got the last one. Lucky indeed.

There's something very interesting about Slatsky's writing. I like the way he melds scientific terminology into the regular prose, big ideas alongside mundane. This story was more even in tone than "Alectryomancer" was, and as such easier to sink into. I very much like Slatsky's stories and will follow his career closely.
Michael Adams
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent weird horror story with a dark-yet-brilliant SF concept at its core. Slatsky has a gift for building his stories on a foundation of real, if outré, principles while simultaneously using the story to move the reader into far-flung, extreme conclusions without even batting an eye. Publisher Dim Shores has given this edition a beautiful treatment too, featuring haunting, occult-influenced artwork by talented scratchboard artist Dave Felton. For anyone who is enjoying the current wave of w ...more
Ross Lockhart
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weaponized time, my friends. Ossified satellites. Strange orbits. Ungodly altars. Mad scientists and steely military men. And facing it all, one guy and his dog in a remote forest watchtower. Palladium at Night is high-concept cosmic horror, simultaneously as big as the universe and as up close and personal as the temptation of a bottle on a shelf. Christopher Slatsky spins a masterful tale of Jack Parsons-influenced fever-dream science and a remarkably human story of addiction, loss, love, loya ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
In this small press, limited edition novelette by Christopher Slatsky, Irepani is a formerly homeless alcoholic who is on the road to recovery thanks to a caring relative. However, he feels the need to get away on sort of a solitary retreat from the city and goes to an abandoned fire lookout station that his street-wise friends told him about in an urban legend sounding way. The lookout is indeed abandoned but it is also near the ruins of a space observatory and a revoltingly strange shrine. Ire ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. I love cosmic horror with government-conspiracy overtones - e.g. I love Charles Stross' Laundry Files and his A Colder War. This story has elements of secret government research. It focuses on a young homeless man and his dog who just want to escape from the city for a weekend. I read this in one sitting. I wish the story were longer. This is my favorite Dim Shores release to date. ...more
John Smith
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Still unclear on your accomplishment here.”
“We’ve weaponized time.”
The gathered crowd of military and scientists murmured excitedly.

All Irepani wants is solitude. A few nights away from everything. Having heard about the Leman fire lookout tower from his fellow homeless, he borrows his sister’s truck and heads out to the forest with his dog and best friend, Cadejo the Third.

Also in motion, a covert congregation of scientists and avaricious military forces tracking the mysterious Palladium A
Scott R Jones
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Palladium At Night is a prime example of what Christopher Slatsky does best as a writer: he is a master of the catastrophic narrative. In Palladium At Night we are given a character to live and breathe through in a way that's rare in horror fiction, and largely this character's only sin is being unlucky. He's in the wrong place at the wrong time, his choices are no better or worse than any others. The folly, ignorance, and raw ambition of other people have created a situation that he wil ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a strange, beautiful, unsettling tale of cosmic horror.

the terror stretches beyond what the mind can grasp and yet it all begins with a man simply wanting to escape the city with his beloved dog for a few days.


Donald Armfield
A brilliant mix of Sci-Fi and occult weird fiction. Slatsky gives Nasa a new problem and it's not Houston.

A watch tower and an old run down palladium becomes a sickness of sorts from the skies above or maybe it's outta of this world.
From the bones buried deep in the ground to the Nasa communicating meetings. Slatsky gives a very interesting piece of work.
This is collectors copy #111
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic weird horror sci-fi (ish) story with excellent artwork too.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really dug this one. I wish it would have gone on for several hundred pages. Still, it packed a hell of a weird punch in under 50 pages. I’ll definitely be picking up Slatsky’s story collection soon.
Liam Ferris
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Palladium at Night is an excellent blend of occult horror, cosmic terror, and sci fi (incidentally, my favorite genres). Oh, and tragedy. Mr. Slatsky's ability to bring such a complex story to a disturbing yet satisfying conclusion in such limited pages truly displayed his skill as a writer. Just stay clear of the observatory, because you do NOT want to be a part of that situation. ...more
Joe Zanetti
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a short amount of time, Christopher Slatsky has established himself as a credible force in the realm of Weird fiction. Starting off with a few chapbooks published by Dunhams Manor Press, followed by his debut collection Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales, also published by Dunhams Manor Press, Slatsky's work has been devoured by many readers, garnering much--and rightly so--praise. Since the release of his debut collection, Slatsky has been featured in periodicals such as Strange Aeons, and ...more
Thomas Joyce
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Slatsky has produced a genuinely disturbing story complete with great characterisation, a creepy setting and unsettling ties to real-life mysteries.

Christopher Slatsky is a Weird Horror Fiction author living in LA whose debut collection, Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales (Dynatox Ministries, 2015), was universally praised by fellow horror authors such as Adam Nevill, Michael Wehunt, Phillip Fracassi and S.P. Miskowski. With such an impressive debut, the next book was bound to be hotly anticip
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A One-Sitting Perturber: As usual, another Slatsky offering (here with the deft crafters associated with Dim Shores) does not disappoint; and here, like some of his characters: You (as a presumably wary reader) get what you ask for.

You can expect the requisite mix of dark drama overlaid with cerebral (nay, prophetic) muscle.
Due to Slatsky’s approachable, almost open-armed writing style, the scientific and physics-rooted concepts—which perturb towards black vastness before retracting to (lay) lin
John Palisano
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To me, the sign of a great read is one that stays with you long after you've put the story down for the first time. The characters will still speak to you. The scenes will still play in your head.

That's what PALLADIUM AT NIGHT brought for me. I loved the scenery and the way it unfolded was very frightening to me. This isn't a fast, bang you over the head kind of story. But it slowly infects you like a virus until you're all encompassed with it.

One of the most truly haunting pieces I've read in
Jonathan Raab
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Slatsky writes conspiratorial occult horror fiction that is so weird it likely has a basis in reality. This short story (chapbook) is about a deep state military project involving weaponized time, with pagan military-science teams launching bone satellites into space and screwing up the space-time continuum for one very unlucky formerly homeless recovering alcoholic. Personal meets the cosmic, with enough unanswered questions to leave you wanting more. Highly recommended.
Alan Barnes
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A creeping dread like a cold hand on the back of your neck. An inescapable sense of disorientation. Time as a weapon. Praise Pan.
(But in all seriousness, if you are at all intrigued by Weird Fiction (of which, Mr Slatsky is the goods) with a side of Science Fiction, you would be wise to take a gander at PAN. I suspect that you will be giving this little gem several thoughtful reads.)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
A strong novella about addiction, the occult, and weaponized time. I've always been struck by the latent horror that can be mined from the concept of "deep time" and its ability to emphasize the smallness of the human experience. Whether that's the exact intention or not, that's a big part of what I got out of the story. Slatsky effectively balances two story lines and does a great job of introducing just enough of a complex idea for the horror to stick, though I think there could have been some ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapbooks, dim-shores
This is a story that takes place forever, never, and now. Even as someone who spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about time, Palladium At Night almost broke my brain. After finishing it, I immediately wanted to read it again, and as I tried to sleep later that night, details I'd only subconsciously noted began making sense in a way I hadn't considered before. Needless to say, I slept poorly and dreamt wildly. I highly recommend snagging a copy of this before it sells out. I promise, yo ...more
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