Pornography for the End of the World by Brendan Vidito
From Brendan Vidito, the Wonderland-Award-winning author of Nightmares in Ecstasy, comes nine tales of apocalyptic body horror.
A young man is initiated into a cult that worships sickness and disease.
Premonitions of disaster haunt a loving couple doomed to watch each other die.
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Anyone who says, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is high. I absolutely judged PORNOGRAPHY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by it’s cover and I’m so glad I did! PFTEOTW is a collection of nine short stories (I told you I was into short stories right now) and there are some doozies in here. And I’m talking the best kinds of doozies. Walking in Ash - tells the story from the end and then we lead back to it. Guess what! It’s one of my new favorite writing tropes! I don’t even have to read the last sentence when they are set up like this! Saves me time. Bonus points for that alone. Walking in Ash was hauntingly stunning and I loved every word. This one by itself is worth the price of admission. Mother’s Mark - What happens when men are no longer allowed to exist but you have an itch that needs scratched. (It’s a vagina metaphor in case you didn’t get it.) LOVED THIS ONE SO DAMN MUCH! The Human Clay - Don’t mess around with the futurist mob-like people. It isn’t in your best interest. The Chimera Season - Worm-ish. Sex. Dating apps. I dug this one a lot! Made me a bit sad too because you don’t always realize what you have until it’s gone. Church of the Chronically Ill - this one was fascinating on so many levels. A little Munchausen Syndrome mixed with familial pride mixed with absolute insanity. LOVED THIS ONE! The Living Column - Worms. Sex. Business cards. Super bizarro but kinda hot. Don’t ask, just read it. Glitter Guigol - Think Jeffrey Epstein’s island meets the alien thing from the end of Spaceballs meets the blood level of the pit scene from Army of Darkness. Boom! That’s this story (and I loved it). Nostalgia Night at the Snuff Palace - Want to be depressed for a while? Read this one. Now, that sounds bad but it’s so beautifully written with every detail and vivid imagery that I really, REALLY wished this one was longer. Story line - Not all nostalgia should be yearned for. **This is on my list for one of the best short stories of the year!** This collection is the bees fucking knees. Seriously, how this isn’t more places, I have no idea but you guys need to unfuck that ASAP. I promise there is something for everyone in this.