Thanatophobia by Gerhard Jason Geick
THANATOPHOBIA is a 4,000-word story about Coming of Age, Aging Out, and Letting Go.
The year is 2153, and we are living under a global Republican Theocracy. Pain and sickness have been eradicated. Poverty is a thing of the past. We have the technology to extend people's lives indefinitely, and in good health. But things aren't all flowers and sunshine, and they never will be, not when the Good Book upon which we base our lives is filled with so much that is not good.
THANATOPHOBIA is the fear of the process of dying.
WARNING: CONTENT MAY OFFEND AND/OR SEND YOU CRYING TO YOUR MOMMY
I absolutely loved this story by GJG! I have to say it is probably one of my favorites after Nihilophobia and up there with Cynophobia. I felt as though this story sadly is very plausible, and in today’s society not far fetched at all. Somewhat like a dark twist on Logan’s Run in a short, sweet, hard hitting story. I highly recommend this read!
I can only imagine the kinky escapades that the old guy endured after the story 'ended'
Is this what we have to look forward to? A world where the government has morphed and one entity rules us all? Science has advanced and we can live forever, but do we want to?! This is one clans solution to this dilemma. Utterly spellbinding, horrifying and scarring…. You won’t be the same after you read this, and you’ll have a fear of the future and its infinite unpredictability. Outstanding!!
You just can't tell with Geick; there's no way of knowing what you're in for when you read him, and this latest entry in his PHOBIA series is further proof of his unpredictability. This time around its a slice-of-life piece set in a dystopian future, with a profound air of melancholia about it... which makes the slug to the stomach, when it comes, all the more pronounced.
Are you afraid to die? Do you enjoy stories of yesteryear with your families? Do you enjoy traumatizing your children? Then this one is for you! As per usual, Geick gives us more than we bargained for in this short. His series is one of my favorites and for good reason. The writing flows seamlessly between each installment that they feel cohesive even though they have nothing to do with each other. A definite must read. 5/5 totems