There is a new phenomenon in the United States, and perhaps the world, of individuals predicting a bleak future for the human race. These individuals are doing all they can to prepare for a multitude of disasters that could disable a countries, or the world’s governments. These disasters would lead to some kind of apocalypse and these people want to be ready and are often referred to as Preppers.
The anthology “Carnage: After the End Volume 1” takes the reader into the mind of ten unique writers. Each of them will introduce you to their idea of what could happen after the world as we know it ends. These stories are about surviving what the world brings them and finding a way to stay alive no matter what goes on around them.
The stories have some true struggles of not just the heart to live, but that of faith. They will bring you into the life of the stories lead characters and have you sympathize with their plight. Some are told in such a manner it is not hard imagining what you would do if it was you in the story. You may even find yourself second guessing their decisions and actions. The one thing you will find in all the stories are strong individuals doing all they can with the changed world.
The stories in the Sirens Call Publications Anthology are ones that do not have happy endings. They have endings that may shock, dismay, or leave you wondering about what’s next. The stories inside involve many different types of stories, and subjects.
The Anthology gets started with a story called, “The Meat Men”, and its focus is on two men traveling through their post-apocalyptic world who stop for gas and find a few survivors. What they do is share a meal with the others they find, The meal, well it just happens to contain some meat which is hard to find in this world. What happens as they share their meal with these strangers is up to your imagination.
Further on into the Anthology you come across the story, “The Scurrying” that takes us into a slightly different world. The Norse gods are mentioned in this story as well as the use of battle axes and other weapons. The villains in this tale are ones that many of us take for advantage every day. They are the creatures that scurry around in the garbage of cities and multiply worse than rabbits. They are four legged, beady eyed, rodents, or RATS. The problem these rats have grown much larger and are now the top of the food chain in this world. You are introduced to Alexandra and her small tribe of survivors who try to live in this new world, and stay hidden from the Rats.
The last story I will draw attention to is one that makes use of a volcanic disaster that has destroyed much of the world’s climate causing many to flee South. It is in the story, “High Desert, Starless Sky”, that we find Lyle using a small trailer to get supplies to make his mediocre existence easier. He also ensures that Marnie is safe and is willing to do so much for this woman. There is an act of betrayal in this story that causes Lyle to make a decision that will impact their lives. What drives Lyle to the point of deciding to pack up and leave Marnie alone?
In the case of the stories mentioned you can let your imagination make some leaps to what will happen in the story. The other option is to pick up a copy of “Carnage: After the End Volume 1” and read the great stories contained in the anthology. Other stories will include a Prepper, a desert waste land, and extreme hunger.
Below is a list of the stories and the author responsible for each great tale.
The Meat Men by Rodney James Galley
Begging Death by Laura Diamond
The Scurrying by Christofer Nigro
Scents of Danger by Julianne Snow
Recissions by Shane Cashman
High Desert, Starless Sky by Michael Griffin
The Hunger by Kimberly A. Bettes
Prophecy of Numbers by Russell Linton
Mad World by Adam Millard
The Vault by Shane B. Collins