War has raged for over 160 years, the reasons for the conflict long since forgotten. Violent gangs roam the streets of a city in chaos, preying on the innocent and the careless. Friends die. Family die.
But there are worse things in the darkness. Worse things beyond the curfew.
Curfew is a post-apocalyptic supernatural thriller. It's a short story, approximately 20 pages long, and contains scenes of violence.
Author: Philip Harris
Published: October 12, 2014
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalypse, Science Fiction
After 160 years of war, chaos and death is all that is left. The desolation is palpable. But there is a sliver of hope in the main character, a man whose name we never learn. We only know that he was once the poster child for the war. He tries to make a life for himself in a bleak world--surprisingly in art.
This short is descriptive; the world-building is amazing. It's incredibly easy to imagine the predicament he has gotten himself into by not being safely barricaded in at home before curfew begins.
It has been days since I finished this short story, and it still lingers in my thoughts. I keep thinking that I would love to see it expanded; it would make for a gripping horror/sci-fi novel. In the meantime, I plan to read more by this author, and I recommend Curfew to horror and sci-fi fans alike.
About the Author
Philip Harris is a speculative fiction author and video game developer. Born near Oxford, England, he now lives on the West Coast of Canada where he spends his days developing video games and his nights writing speculative fiction - anything from horror to science fiction to fantasy.
His first publication, Letter From a Victim, appeared in the award winning magazine, Peeping Tom, in 1995. Since then he has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Garbled Transmissions, So Long, and Thanks for All The Brains and James Ward Kirk's Best of Horror 2013.
He has also worked as security for Darth Vader.
You can find free fiction and his blog at his website.