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Welcome to the apocalypse. It’s quieter than we were led to believe it would be. Every day as the world burns, we get out of bed, go to work, take our medicine, ache to smile just that little bit harder for the camera, ‘share’ our children, and cram more items into our carts. But with every bleak headline that goes by, we each suffer our own private collapse. Stories for the Welcome to the apocalypse. It’s quieter than we were led to believe it would be. Every day as the world burns, we get out of bed, go to work, take our medicine, ache to smile just that little bit harder for the camera, ‘share’ our children, and cram more items into our carts. But with every bleak headline that goes by, we each suffer our own private collapse. Stories for the Apocalypse #1: Notes on the New Normal is a collection of visceral, suburban horror stories by Ben Tallon, about coping in the midst of the mania of modern society.


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Welcome to the apocalypse. It’s quieter than we were led to believe it would be. Every day as the world burns, we get out of bed, go to work, take our medicine, ache to smile just that little bit harder for the camera, ‘share’ our children, and cram more items into our carts. But with every bleak headline that goes by, we each suffer our own private collapse. Stories for the Welcome to the apocalypse. It’s quieter than we were led to believe it would be. Every day as the world burns, we get out of bed, go to work, take our medicine, ache to smile just that little bit harder for the camera, ‘share’ our children, and cram more items into our carts. But with every bleak headline that goes by, we each suffer our own private collapse. Stories for the Apocalypse #1: Notes on the New Normal is a collection of visceral, suburban horror stories by Ben Tallon, about coping in the midst of the mania of modern society.

35 review for Stories for the Apocalypse #1: Notes on the New Normal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis

    I read this on a trip. The first story made me wonder. The breast feeding story made me laugh. A little bit of everything for everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Writers and artists make sense of the world through their craft. They seek changing norms, take inspiration from the unforeseen, and hope to reach an audience in need of a fresh point of view. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us, as suggested by this book’s subtitle, into a new normal. Ben Tallon dives in to document this strange global transition with his Stories for the Apocalypse #1. These short stories show a world trying to keep hold of itself while confronted with the inexplicable. In the o Writers and artists make sense of the world through their craft. They seek changing norms, take inspiration from the unforeseen, and hope to reach an audience in need of a fresh point of view. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us, as suggested by this book’s subtitle, into a new normal. Ben Tallon dives in to document this strange global transition with his Stories for the Apocalypse #1. These short stories show a world trying to keep hold of itself while confronted with the inexplicable. In the opening story, a woman cringes at her own aggression. In another, a man imagines evil lurking in an innocent scout weekend. The collection closes with an executive who falls afoul of a disgruntled spirit from beyond the grave. Reading his stories, I can imagine Ben Tallon in his writer’s den or with his laptop incognito at a coffee shop, recording his thoughts as questions. What is the worst that could happen to you in the fifteen minutes you’re required to wait after a COVID vaccine? Could you mistake a person for a demon? Can a dead spirit, wronged in the afterlife, return for vengeance? Tallon morphs these questions into glimpses of a dissonant world. It’s a place we wish we didn’t recognize. With black humor, Stories for the Apocalypse #1 reflects on the histories we are writing now. Composed during the crisis, these stories record the normalizing of the ridiculous, the breaking down of perspective, and the distorted proportions of a changing society. Tallon is prepared to say a lot about this; the title of his collection shows it’s the first in a series. Many writers and artists are sizing up the altered climate, feeling out expectations, and searching the limits of newly extended boundaries. No doubt Ben Tallon’s fertile imagination can fill many volumes with stories to describe, moment by moment, the emergence of the new normal. Thanks to Reedsy Discovery for an Advance Reader's Copy of this title. Launch date, 4 March 2022 This review appeared first on Reedsy .com https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/sto... More reviews from me at www.jenniferfrostwrites.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Ben's mundane world is our world. His skill is pulling back the veil, and showing us the depravity that lurks closer than we allow ourselves to realise. Pitch black comedy and close to the bone observations. Ben's mundane world is our world. His skill is pulling back the veil, and showing us the depravity that lurks closer than we allow ourselves to realise. Pitch black comedy and close to the bone observations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Afflerbach

    Loved it!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Knowing Ben as an artist and designer, this was my first look at his fiction writing and I was not disappointed. You very much get the feeling that this is his art in words. Granny’s cake tin, birthday alert and died and prejudice capture the different range that’s available in these short stories, relatable set up with a dark, sinister undertone. Fantastic book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ahbreakingbarriersgmail.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan Lockwood

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    Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben Tallon

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  35. 4 out of 5

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