The Blinker is a collection of short stories set in a post-apocalyptic world. Post-apocalypsticism is something that I know has been done almost to it’s death, but I wanted to pull the focus away from the apocalypse itself and instead tell the story of the ordinary people who were left afterwards as they tried to figure out how to carry on living. I wanted to get to the humanity of the story and tell what should be fantasy, horror or science fiction as realism. The decision for telling this story as a collection of short stories, rather than as a chaptered novel with a definite beginning middle or end, is because of the way that we actually get to know a person: Never have I met a person who began a conversation by telling me their earliest memory and then, over the course of many meetings, slowly worked their way through stories of their childhood and teenage years, being very careful not to tell me where their 6th birthday party had been held before they had told me about the preceding Christmas. We get to know people in the order they choose to tell us their stories – multiple – and all of these stories can have little side-stories in the middle and tell us things we don’t fully understand just yet. Be patient. Don’t try to put things in order. It won’t matter in the end.
I should also put a trigger warning here, for these stories. They are not, and never could be, happy stories. They are gritty, honest and at times heartbreaking.