Two disfigured siblings are torn from their beds at night by The Government and transported into an isolated stronghold, hidden in the deepest and most hostile parts of Siberia.
Friendships will be formed and loyalties tested as the siblings struggle to locate one another, but tragedy lurks within the stronghold and blood relation does not always mean family. Destinies are interwoven and fates collide in this explosive novella from Erik Hofstatter, author of the acclaimed Moribund Tales.
"With The Pariahs, Erik Hofstatter has created a stark and chilling vision of a radiation-damaged world and the unfortunate heirs to it. His straightforward, unflinching prose does not shy away from brutality, examining dichotomies of strength and weakness, beauty and ugliness, and the things that truly matter when everything is taken away." ~ Mary SanGiovanni, A Bram Stoker Award nominee
"The Pariahs is a suspenseful, darkly profound meditation on the lesser and greater inhumanities we all suffer and perpetuate on each other every day." - Horror News Network
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GENRE: Horror / science fiction (dystopian)
PRINT LENGTH: 90 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: October 18th, 2014
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback
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I was asleep when they came. Two of them armed with Kalashnikovs, dressed in radiation suits. One grabbed my hair and dragged me out of the warm bed, the last time I would ever sleep on a soft mattress. The other man aimed a rifle at my face before turning it around and knocking me out with the butt.
I woke trembling on cold cement. With blurred vision I still managed to make out a shape in the distant corner—the shadow of a human body—small, immobile and frigid. I attempted to stand, but my weak legs buckled, and I collapsed back onto the filthy concrete.
Out of breath, I lay there and examined the surroundings. Stark, grey walls with cracks varying in size from hairline fractures to open fissures surrounded me like a map of veins.