Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness (Paperback)
Evil Never Sleeps is a stunning collection of chilling tales, portraying dark, nightmarish scenarios, blending fact and fiction, myth and history, magic and mystery. Fleming's writing is a bizarre mix of Kobo Abe, Edgar Allan Poe, Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates, Baldwin, and Ray Bradbury. Writing at a grotesque, bewitching tilt, Fleming bares the soul and psyche of his characters, and he spares us nothing. The stories collected here are riveting and haunting.
Praise for Evil Never Sleeps
"Evil Never Sleeps busts open its rib cage and exposes author Robert Fleming's heart beautifully. Jordan Peele should consider this collection for his Twilight Zone series Grim and ghastly, each story bares its teeth-guaranteeing that readers will flinch."
Rose Caraway, host of The Kiss Me Quick's Erotica Podcast
"Reading Robert Fleming's Evil Never Sleeps is, yes, a pleasure: his stories bite, his characters live and breathe, his language perfectly flows, there are bottomless depths, his words linger in thoughts and dreams long after the pages have been turned...but there is more than pleasure in reading these wonderfully written stories. Being able to immerse yourself in Evil Never Sleeps is an honor: to be able to encounter Fleming's art, his music, his magic, is a gift you will thank yourself, and most of all, the author, for this powerful experience."
M. Christian, author of many books and stories
"Robert Fleming's stories are intricate portraits of wicked history, brimming with secrets and pulsing with jazz style. Race and class, sex and violence, crime and politics are all explored with a soloist's edge. The stories here range over the course of the twentieth century and up to the present day, creating a patchwork portrait of a dangerous century."
Thomas Roche, author of The Panama Laugh
"Fleming, a writer at his peak, leads his readers down the rabbit hole of human nature. He exposes human frailty, strengths, and loneliness with a depth that allows you to see yourself in the characters. When you emerge on the other side, you are forever changed. Masterfully written."
Dean Jean-Pierre, author of The Killer in Me
"Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness is a collection that exposes Robert Fleming's singular and uninhibited voice. The stories animate the everyday and the spectacular, the surreal and the material: sex, desire, loneliness, violence, intimacy, failure, and wonderment. And Fleming knows something about writing into being the messy and nuanced lives of his characters."
Darnell L. Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
"If the late jazz legend Sun Ra wrote a book of fiction, it would be like this-ingenious, way-out, probing, daring, mind-altering, leading-edge. Robert Fleming is all refined sensibilities and grim bravado. His abilities and narratives exhilarate and frighten me. They freak me out. They turn me on. They make me ask deep questions. This cat is so baaad "
Colin Channer, author of Waiting in Vain
"A compelling collection of unsettling tales, evil as a butterfly knife to the throat. Fleming's daring visions resonate long after you've turned the final page."
Brandon Massey, author of Dark Corner
"Fleming's stories are worlds unto themselves, each is a grand carnival of the troubling and absurd; the beautiful and the profane blend to form a whole that speaks to the discord and disillusion, hope and triumphs of the Black experience."
Zander Vyne, author of many books and stories