Is love even possible in a sun-drenched, surf-side city at this late stage of American capitalism?
A work of flash fiction in OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters: Love Too Soon
My latest novel is available here: Hear Us Fade
Audio excerpt from Hear Us Fade
Entertaining and provocative black comedy presents a haunting view of the near future in a single day.
It’s June 16, 2029, and California is ravaged by fires, droughts, floods, political paralysis, and civil unrest. Two anti-capital punishment activists, Rex Nightly and Urban McChen, have kidnapped the Governor of California in order to gently torture him into issuing a stay of execution for the serial killer and alleged cannibal, Billy the Goat. But the Governor accidentally dies, and his body has to be hidden in the closet of Rex’s luxury penthouse.
Meanwhile, Rex’s wife, California Lieutenant Governor Sofina Nightly, hatches an ambitious plan to reestablish order and save the state. Smart, powerful, and blissfully unaware that the former governor lies dead in her closet, Sofina agrees to meet the Attorney General in her penthouse that same day.
But not before Billy the Goat, jailhouse meditator and reformed vegetarian, escapes just minutes before his imminent demise. This gentle soul is looking for love, inebriation, and clemency, and thinks he knows just the place to find them.
Set against a backdrop of climatic catastrophe and technological evolution, replete with zombie-obsessed retail clerks, itinerant surfers, and sex animates, Hear Us Fade is the entertaining, moving and thought-provoking black comedy that presents a haunting view of the near future in a single day.
Is a happy ending possible for them and for us?
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