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Bewildering Stories

Jack Alcott

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I’m special projects editor at The Journal News, a daily based in Westchester County, New York, where I head up a team of reporters that has gained notice for investigations into government corruption, PCB-contamination of the Hudson River, and structural problems on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Jack Alcott plays the guitar

A number of years ago, while reading the Viking Portable Poe, I noticed that a chronology at the front of the book included a brief mention that Poe had attended West Point from 1830-31. Intrigued, I tried to find out more but discovered that not much was known about Poe’s short stay at the military academy — except that he was ejected after a court martial.

That’s right, the father of modern horror, mystery and (arguably) science fiction was kicked out of West Point, and nobody knows exactly why — or what the hell happened. Until now, that is, and Grim Legion fills in where the historical record leaves off.

On another note, while Grim Legion is for the most part a mystery/thriller, it is informed to some extent by my lifelong love of science fiction. My dad was a pioneering computer engineer at IBM in the 50s and 60s and he subscribed to Astounding and later Analog, so there were always dozens of these great John W. Campbell magazines lying around, with others in storage under the rafters. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Sturgeon — the pantheon... I grew up with giants in the attic.

P.S. Here’s a link to a column of mine about Dylan, Marilyn and the space aliens.

Copyright © 2006 by Jack Alcott

Bewildering Stories bibliography

Prose fiction
The Visitors
The Oceanic Express
Novel: Grim Legion
Parts   1-3
Parts   4-6
Parts   7-9
Parts 10-12
Parts 13-15
Parts 16-18
Parts 19-21
Parts 22-23
Parts 24-26 conclusion
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
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