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All things pass in time. Empires crumble. Stars go super-nova. Dreams fade. Species go extinct.

Worlds end. And now it’s Earth’s turn.

With humanity facing an inevitable and unavoidable fate, how will it spend its last hours? Will we rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light, or will we find a final peace in the acceptance of our ultimate mortality? Does it matter, in a world without a tomorrow, where there are no consequences for our actions?

Grief is an apocalyptic short story collection that examines the sociology of loss.

In “Denial,” the thin blue line strains against a city overcome with nihilistic fury.

In “Anger,” kidnappers have found someone they can blame.

In “Bargaining,” a desperate woman has found a charismatic preacher who can promise salvation.

In “Depression,” the last newscaster broadcasting the final countdown struggles with whether or not to bother.

In “Acceptance,” revelers throw one last farewell party for the human race.

Michael Coorlim

Michael Coorlim is a teller of strange stories for stranger people. He collects them, the oddballs. The mystics and fire-spinners, the sages and tricksters. He curates their tales, combines their elements and lets them rattle around inside his rock-tumbler skull until they gleam, then spills them loose onto the page for like-minded readers to enjoy.
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