Michael Gardner’s story “All That Remains” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 August 2020.
Despite current events, this story wasn’t inspired by the coronavirus. I wrote this a good six months before COVID-19 broke out.
I’d been reading a number of dystopian fantasy and horror stories at the time. I began wondering what might happen to a doomsday prepper who hid away from the end of the world, only to find out years later that the world hadn’t ended after all. And then, what if that person brought a child with them.
I found that tension interesting, so started to play with it, and along came Progeny. A man-child, really, with a lot to learn about the shortcomings of his father, and himself.
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