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And Then I Woke Up

And Then I Woke Up

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With this new adventure juxtaposed with flashbacks to Spence’s time in the devastated world pre-cure (and gradual realisation that all is not as it seems), it reads like a combination of ‘Dogsbody’, the werewolf-virus story from Devlin’s collection You Will Grow Into Them, and They Live. This unique narrative structure and direct reference to the reader pairs with Spence’s strong voice to completely immerse you in what’s happening, clearly painting vivid imagery of a world attempting to recover itself. The last 20% or so of the novella was phenomenal and I loved watching things unfold, so I’m very happy that I kept going through the more boring elements of the middle. It also reminded me quite a lot of a certain Black Mirror episode, but not enough that it felt like a copy – just both having the same beautifully creepy and sinister vibes.

And while diving headfirst into the hyper individualistic attitudes that dominate the genre, he questions their utility.The point being that the world has ended and having a boring life is one of the survivor's biggest fantasy. The nitty-gritty: There’s plenty of food for thought in this short horror story that takes the idea of perception and turns it on its head. Maybe we have mental health issues that run in our family that have us considering that horrifying reality or maybe we’ve had some run in with paranoia briefly ourselves.

When I say this is a love story, I mean this is a story about someone who believed in something impossible and beautiful and dangerous with such strength of character and devotion that they followed the thread of it all the way to the very end, no matter what the world threw at them. You have the Others, the infected, the uninfected, and the survivors, to name a few, each of which means something different to different people, and the meanings aren’t always easy to distinguish because you have to remember who’s using these terms and what experiences they’ve had. His first collection, You Will Grow Into Them was published by Unsung Stories in 2017 and shortlisted for the British Fantasy and Saboteur Awards.

Leila figures into one of the story’s most poignant moments at the end when she makes a shocking decision and asks Spence to help her carry it out. I did not know what to expect when I picked this book up, but as soon as I entered Devlin’s domain, I was hooked.



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