“Big, Wide, Wonderful World,” Charles E. Fritch, 1958 – A group of men decide to forgo their regular Needle treatments in order to “have a nightmare.” The nightmare they see is the black, bombed out (post-war?) reality that is intended to be overwritten by the effects of the drug. The narrator’s friends, referred to as“grubs,” are traumatized; one man dies at the sight of reality.
Comments: Read in Ackermanthology.
Author: ISFDB entry