Alternate-History, Literary, Disturbing

Two alternate-history dystopian stories:

  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. What if the Axis alliance had won WWII instead?
  • SS-GB by Len Deighton is the British cousin of The Man in the High Castle.

Two literary dystopian stories:

  • Armageddon House by Michael Griffin is a bleak, futuristic novella. It’s like Groundhog Day meets Soylent Green.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ve become an Atwood fan lately. Her prose is so highbrow but breezy. (How does she do that?)

Two disturbing dystopian stories:

  • Ration by Cody Luff. No men, no plants, no animals. Only women, and they’re all starving.
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica. Slow-paced with painful scenes, lots of “food” for thought.

And then there’s my dystopian novella, Dog Meat, to be published later this year by Potter’s Grove Press. Dog Meat is an alternate-history, literary, disturbing story. In this snippet the main character, Ward, is working in the walled courtyard of a restaurant:

Beyond the wall, columns of cinderblock boxes stacked one atop another rose and pierced the smoggy sky. Ward eyed the middle column. Third floor, third window from the right, his concrete box, his apartment.

Today’s feature image is by Timon Reinhard on unsplash.

52 thoughts on “Alternate-History, Literary, Disturbing

  1. Alternate histories are always interesting, Priscilla. A good mind exercise. I like Margaret Atwood (were we just talking about her on my blog?). I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin and some of her short stories, but not The Testament. I like that description – “highbrow but breezy” – you’re right! Thanks for sharing these titles and congratulations on the nearing publication of your book!

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  2. I’ve read some, I have some on my list, but some I didn’t know. And, of course, I’m very intrigued by your Dog Meat. I look forward to hearing more about it. Good luck, Priscilla!

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