East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Enough of this


When this whole quarantine/lockdown started, I set out to write a mini-series of short stories, 4 stories in 8 days. It was fun, sort of a show of strength. I wrote and published the first three in less than a week, and then all of a sudden the body count started rising, and we were all locked up at home, and I decided the last of the series could wait.

Meanwhile, over my social networks, everybody tarted publishing post-apocalyptic stories about viruses, pandemics and assorted infections. And I sort of got tired of the game.

It’s a method to exorcise the fear and the anxiety, sure – but as people keep dying and jobs vanish leaving people with bills and mortgages to pay, anxiety and fear can only grow, and they are good, as long as they are not paralyzing. Because fear and anxiety tell us that things are going downhill, and we should do something.

So, I decided that for a while I’ll leave pandemics and post-apocalyptic fiction to those out there that still manage to do it. I will complete the series, because I owe it to my Italian readers, but not straight away.
I can’t do it anymore. Not right now.
I think my waning energies would be better spent trying to provide some different form of distraction – because we are knee-deep in the kind of horror story that does not need to be reiterated in fiction.
Hell, I might go and write a western.
I’ve had enough of this situation in real life, just imagine how much I loathe it in fiction.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Enough of this

  1. Fantasy, western, horror without any viruses…

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  2. Before we’d even heard of C-19, I gotten tired of the grim futures that my media keeps serving up. So my wife and I are working on a postapocalyptic graphic novel about how things fell apart and how we learned to deal with it by being decent human beings. I figure that’s no more of a fantasy than what’s currently out there. With the time I’ve got available to draw it will be years before we can present the thing for publication but it helps to have a project on the table that focuses on the ways human beings have survived the bad times rather than the ways humans accelerate them.


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