Abandoned as a newborn, a nameless boy roams the streets of Vancouver like a mouse, living by few rules, under the wing of a charismatic grifter, while a voice in his head whispers very bad things in the night. When a terrorist attack destroys the global balance of power, society bleeds into anarchy. For the mouse to survive, his rules have to change.
From the ashes of chaos, Panopticon rises, a shadow regime exercising control through surveillance, and the occasional act of erasure. The mouse – now a man – becomes an invisible assassin in their New World Order. It’s a dirty job, but for a nameless misanthrope with a terrible voice in his head, it’s just about perfect. At least, until he’s nearly decapitated by a strange woman with an even stranger proclamation of looming Armageddon. She offers him a choice: help her destroy Panopticon, or take a seat for the end of the world.
The voice in his head has been biding its time, armed with a secret as old as time, as old as the world itself. It waits to speak an ancient name that will invite a reckoning.An edgy, subversive apocalypse tale that explores the depths of human existence and the heights of our collective fears. Another spectacular adventure from Coffin Hop Weird
“Bright, tense, involving, this INFRACTUS (‘broken’) is a stunning achievement and doubtless signals the arrival of an important new voice in the genre.” – Grady Harp, San Francisco Review of Books
“…smart, sassy characters and a highly creative plot… language that ratchets the story above and beyond ordinary post-apocalyptic literature; there were passages where the writing left me breathless.” – Nancy Kilpatrick, author of Revenge of the Vampir King
“Sarah Johnson’s powerful tale delivers a dose of adrenaline and originality to the post-apocalyptic genre. INFRACTUS’ fearless exploration of the human spirit showcases compelling moral dilemmas that will satisfy the most demanding aficionado of the field. Irreverent dialogue and complex twists make this book a must-read for fans of cutting edge spec fic.” K.J. Howe, author of The Freedom Broker
“An A+ Apocalypse.” – Chadwick Ginther, Prix Aurora Award nominated author of the Thunder Road Trilogy
Sarah L. Johnson on Kobold Tavern Tales
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary with her noisy family and two bewildered cats. She runs ultra-marathons, does daily battle with curly hair, and writes fiction that pokes its nose into a variety of genres: literary, sci-fi, fantasy, noir, horror, and once a romantic comedy that was so very terrible it shall be blasted from the obelisks of recorded history. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including Room Magazine; Shock Totem; the Bram Stoker nominated Dark Visions 1 (Grey Matter Press); and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 (Comet Press). Her short story collection Suicide Stitch was released in 2016 by EMP Publishing.
Find Sarah on twitter @leadlinedalias
or at www.sarahljohnson.com