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Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out The Talkers are Talking. This story has been in the works for over three years and made it to 13th place in the first Nerdist competition. If you have any interest or credits- please think about ordering a copy. I always try to preorder back. Lastly, I appreciate and look forward to all comments, critiques and suggestions!

SYNOPSIS

Global Warming is not only real, but it’s brought with it a new horror even the scientists couldn’t see coming. At 84.7°F, the air becomes poison. And when a person is exposed to such temps, their brain becomes diseased. The few who haven’t been infected have escaped to the cooler temperatures of the sewers and tunnels below ground.

CHARACTERS

Olivia and her rag-tag group of semi-misfits desperately seek the rumored "Haven."

Sergeant 0307 will do anything to ensure the safety of that Haven.

And those in charge will do even more to make sure the inhabitants of The Haven are able to survive in this new world.

As if avoiding the hot air wasn’t already task enough, all of the infected have become fevered, but still rational-thinking cannibals.

BACKGROUND

Talker’s story came from a dream, and some of the themes and shape it has taken are inspired by Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and the long-forgotten Goff’s Echoes from the Firing Lines, but the insides and bones of the story draw on poetry from writers less present in the typical canon.

I have always been fascinated with cannibalism and the legends, stories, and myths that surround the practice throughout cultures around the world. One such idea, the wendigo (from Algonquian folklore- when you eat the flesh of another human, you not only gain their strength, but their soul) has been incorporated, with a few twists, to represent larger themes we face in our cell phone packing, Trump twittering, globalized society. The very usage mirrors the questions surrounding appropriation (or cultural misappropriation) and how to celebrate and highlight without stealing or leeching. Any meaningful feedback/dialogue on the topic is greatly appreciated. Whitman drew on the history of Long Island, the small, (and in this story) isolated setting where our characters are trapped, and tried to capture some of its being in his poem "Paumanok," which is the Native American name for Long Island. I am trying to do something of the same, while examining colonization and imagining its future in a world where climate change is still denied.

Enjoy and thanks for your support!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janna reads when she brushes her teeth and writes in her sleep. She is the editor of Lamplit Underground (Lamplitunderground.com) and the head of the Break the Bechdel with Strong Female Characters Syndicate. Janna is a professor by day, beer geek by night and writer in between. She loves the dark in lamplight, folklore and travel and beat everyone at arm wrestling in second grade. Janna moved to Brooklyn with her dog Bogart and her cat Myrna to join her partner Andrew, but they all recently moved to a half-glass barn in the mountains of Pennsylvania. She teaches English at various universities, including SUNY schools and is currently an instructor at Rutgers University while she works away at her first novel.

COVER DESIGN

Annika and Ben Faircloth at Trust Fun Art & Graphics (They’re amazing) http://www.trustfundart.co.uk/