MORNING IS DEAD by Andersen Prunty (Grindhouse Press, 2010) tells the story of Alvin and April, an unhappy couple reeling from a horrifying event.
Alvin is in a hospital, barely alive. April keeps watch at his bedside.
While April reveals the story of what happened to bring Alvin to this state in the real world, Alvin enters a parallel dilapidated world of permanent night where cops are drug-addled goons, psychopaths roam the streets, demolition crews randomly blow up houses, radioactive zombies prowl for victims, and nobody has any hope. He tries to get home, only to be thwarted at every turn by the denizens of the night world, while April must ultimately decide his fate.
The final reveal wasn’t particularly surprising, but it was satisfying, and the story maintained my sense of wonder until all is revealed. A short work, MORNING IS DEAD is a nice little piece of horror, an enjoyable tour of a richly imagined parallel world of permanent night and madness.