I wrote ACAB as a teaser story for my motorcycle gang versus zombies book The Meat Wagon. At the time it was the most violent thing I’d ever written, and I had a lot of fun writing it. It’s about killing a policeman who may or may not be already dead.
Like all my other short stories I gave it away free both here and on various ebook websites. It’s also in the short story collection Tales from the Underclass for people who like to buy such things instead of read them for free. I was originally planning to include ACAB as a sort of flash-forward prologue to The Meat Wagon, but early readers suggested the subject matter would probably put off more readers than it would attract so in the end I just left it as a standalone short story.
But you won’t find either ACAB or Tales from the Underclass on Barnes & Noble. They won’t tell me why either. They do stock The Meat Wagon, which is almost as violent as ACAB. So what is it about ACAB that they object to? The cover? The title? The subject matter? The violence? Something else?
You can read it here for free if you want. But whatever you do, don’t read it on a Barnes & Noble device or the thought police will get you.
BTW, while I was looking to see if anyone else had banned ACAB I came across this little gem. It’s from the Diesel Ebook Store (no I’ve never heard of them either) and it’s one of those “If you like this you’ll like this one too” type things.
Gone with the Wind? While I love the idea of some old granny buying The Meat Wagon expecting it to be like Gone with the Wind and then having a fit when they read it, I can’t really see it helping my ratings much.