Shadows haunted the dying alleys. Madness stalked the wide streets. And what lay at the city's heart?
Dewforth crowded past him and walked on. He was making real progress. He had at last found someone who acknowledged that there was something up there above eye-level. The others--old lost children, figures of scab and grime--had been unaware of anything but inner cavities of craving and fear above the sidewalk firmament of trodden gum disks, sputum stars and the ends of twice-smoked cigarettes.
He could not have lost sight of the Control Tower. He had never realized what streets were. Before that time he had known a single well policed block between the station and his place of work. He still thought of streets as more or less open strips along which people moved, north or south, east or west, purposefully from Point A to Point B with perhaps one right-angle turn, two at the most, pausing only to tip hats or look into shop windows. Now it developed that streets were sewers, battlegrounds, lairs, abattoirs, cesspools, lazarettes, midways of deformity and brawling markets where nightmare
An evocative, surreal story of a man in a job he hates and can't understand who lives in a world of war and decay. He climbs the leg of a tower he'd only seen in the distance and finds . . . .
The skillful writing alone makes this story worth reading.
Don't know anything about this author, but the story was unexpectedly good!