Short Story Review: “The Neon Morgue” by Nathan Wunner

2 of 5 stars.

In a Matrix-like scenario, a human survives in a world controlled by automatons and other sentient machinery. The 1st-person narrator trades human sacrifices for time.

Due to the conditions of the speaker–not well–and a raging storm setting followed by a setting in the depths of a sewer, the details remain vague and the backstory sparse. This person is living in the moment trying to buy another day. The title refers to the husk of a big city in which the automatons have embedded. The remnants of the previous human occupants linger in the background. The narrator also mentions dead bodies being raised in a drone-state.

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through I’ve previously reviewed this author’s “Death May Die”.
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