One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Lucy Corin

Comprising three short stories and one hundred examples of flash fiction, this collection of cautionary tales and dystopian allegories describe an absurdist version of apocalypse now, then and future, where the everyday world is seen through a warped lens darkly. To be recommended for the adventurous reader who likes prose poetry with attitude.

Extract

He led her to a long white table, so clean, so cold, so bare, but for the apocalypses laid out in grid formation, uncountable, bouncing like icons waiting for updating, little puff of smoke in the grid, little lightning bolt, little funnel cloud, tiny tsunami, dancing flame, microscopic viruses magnified to match the rest, matchstick aliens, monsters like the figures on coins, anything you ever wanted. He said choose. She let several of the apocalypses run up her sleeve, down her pants, and enter her body while he wasn’t looking. She let them look out of her eyes. (Rate this Apocalypse)

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