The Pariahs by Erik Hofstatter

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tiny-window-e1397748658842“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman.

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Reminiscent of Clive Barker’s claustrophobic ‘Dread’, sans the sex and gore, The Pariahs is a sharp horror of Orwellian isolation. Two siblings, 17 year old Demyan and Akilina his 12 year old sister, are genetically deformed children in a post-apocalyptic world. A world suffocating with fear and totalitarian control. Like all the affected children they’re snatched from their beds at night only to wake up alone in a Siberian experimental prison. The story that follows focuses on the absence of touch so tightly you can almost see the whorls in the fingerprints of the unreached hands.

Demyan is aided by Taisiya, a dislocated voice that carries through the pipes and corridors to land on the cold…

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