Photo from Apex Book Company We just got word that the Apex Book Company is releasing a collection of science fiction stories titled Taste of Tenderloin. We don’t know of many books set in the Tenderloin, so we were naturally very excited with the news (if you know of some others, drop us a line). Even though the violinist on the cover image doesn’t suggest exciting sci-fi adventures in the Loin…

The book, which will come out on August 1st but is already available for pre-order, is written by Eugene O’Neill who has published over 100 stories in magazines like Twilight Zone or Cemetery Dance. The Apex Book Company is, in their own words, “a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of dark science fiction and horror” based in Kentucky, that publishes approximately ten books each year along with a monthly online magazine.

This is what how they describe Taste of Tenderloin:

Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco’s most notorious district in TASTE OF TENDERLOIN by Gene O’Neill. Best known for his strong sense of place and uniquely vibrant characters, O’Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives, missed dreams, and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the down and out. The city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins, while O’Neill brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and fiction.

Update: According to this comment, both the author of the book, Eugene O’Neill, and the author of the introduction, Gavin O’Neill (his brother?), will be in San Francisco on September 12th at 3:00 pm at Borderlands Books to read and sign copies of Taste of Tenderloin!