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"The observer is only able to watch and never interact. As their reality fades, yours become real until control of your body returns. You are you once more, in the Midway with the strange ghoul who guides you in discovering your lost past." In Into the Macrocosm (Short Stories of the Dark Cosmic, Bizarre, and the Fantastic) by Konn Lavery, the reader is the Nameless One, whose soul’s trajectory is interrupted from its natural passage. Guided by the ghoul Malpherities, the search for clues is an anthology itself, connected not by themes but by a goal to find the reason the Nameless One ends up in the Midway realm. Different people in different times, the stories are as diverse as their characters, ranging from familiar to surreal, from an angsty teenager to a knight from a lost world.
A paranormal event or just a trick of the mind? A teen is urged by a talking goat to make a move on his crush while high on weed in "Goat Wisdom". In "Inspirer", a man is tricked by his own delusional mind and makes an irreversible decision. Sci-fi fans will enjoy "Harvesters", set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where people are treated like cattle by superior beings. The story continues in "Scrappers", as two people tasked with finding metal junk for the surviving human base underground stumble upon a crashed Harvester and a dangerous beast. It is a sci-fi delight that deserves to be a full novel. Stories such as a demonic teddy bear in "Mr. Super" and man-eating large birds in "Otherkin" will entertain horror lovers, while "Option Three" is an introspective piece for everyone. As compelling as these stories are, the focus will always return to the Nameless One, Malpherities, and their hunt for an answer. With an engaging narrative and evocative artwork, Konn Lavery's Into the Macrocosm is an entertaining embrace of fantastical oddities and life beyond.