Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out The Talkers are Talking. This story has been in the works for over two 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!
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.
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.
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.
I have always been fascinated with the Native American concept of wendigo (mirrored in many cultures throughout history) - when you eat the flesh of another human, you not only gain their strength, but their soul - and have incorporated this concept, with my own twist, to represent larger themes we face in our cell phone packing, Trump twittering, globalized society. Also, Paumanok is the Native American name for Long Island- the small, (and in this story) isolated setting where our characters are trapped. Enjoy and thanks for your support!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janna reads when she brushes her teeth and writes in her sleep. When she couldn’t find a literary magazine with the types of works she wanted to read, she created her own (which can be found at Lamplitunderground.com). She 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 NYC with her dog Bogart and her cat Myrna to join her partner Andrew. She teaches English at various universities, including SUNY schools and Rutgers University while she works away at her first novel.
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