“When news of ‘The Surge’ leaked out, the government put imprisoned sex offenders to work in the Extermination Division. The chemicals they used on the rats hadn’t been properly tested, and they were reluctant to risk decimating the military with a hazardous, untried substance. Fourteen elderly rapists died within the first fortnight due to chemical exposure. They were burned in shallow pits, along with the rats.”
… and now for something entirely different!
My new dystopian short story Recalibration is featured online at Alec Cizak’s new Pulp Modern Flash venture this week.
I wrote the first draft of this story four years ago as a companion piece to my story Rat Farm (a dystopian flash-forward Joe Rey tale set in 2031).
It felt weirdly appropriate to retrieve it, kick it into shape and let it loose during the ongoing pandemic.
I can assure you: the references to empty food-banks, scarce breathing apparatus and contemptuous government officials were all in the first draft…