Zombies, Vampires, and all sundry undead creatures are perennial Halloween staples. This year, of course, we might be seeing a whole lot of Lady Gagas and Iron Men, along with sparkly Edward Cullens and shirtless Jacobs, but everyone knows that post-apocalyptic scenarios are classic October 31.
Hence, as I finish up The Quest for Nobility, the Scattering is also reading Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse (2009), a collection of short stories by Minnesotan horror/sci-fi writer Joel Arnold. From Amazon:
Got your nightlight on? – A man journeys with a pregnant stranger, while unseen aliens deal out punishment from above.
– A phone call in the middle of the night reminds someone of a chilling mission.
– A priest’s skin oozes a healing elixir.
– A self-absorbed husband monitors the end of his existence over the internet.
– A teenager digs through a deep crust of waste and bone to win his freedom.
– A school field trip reveals a disturbing method for protecting our children.
We’ll be into the happy holiday season all too soon, so for a few days this year, at least, let’s consider some of the myriad horrible possibilities of eschatology. Cthulhu fhtagn, everyone, and Happy Halloween!