The Absence of Knowledge

The Absence of Knowledge

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R.P. Briggs By rpbriggs Updated Dec 04

[2018 Wattys Winner!]

It starts small: Just a noise. Just static. Just a small, black, featureless spot in the sky. You put it out of your mind. You go about your day. But something about it stays with you. When you have a spare moment, you listen again. You look again. You wonder. 

You go to sleep. You go to work. You listen. You look. You eat dinner. You listen. You take a shower. You look. You snap out of it, only to find that hours have passed. You have blood on your hands. In your mouth. You don't know where it came from. You should be horrified. You should call the police. And you will. 

But not until you listen again. 

Not until you look, just one more time.

About The Collection

The Absence of Knowledge is a collection of interconnected horror stories -- think World War Z, rather than short story anthology -- that together reveal a larger tale spanning several decades, from the reception of a strange radio signal, to the fall of humanity, and beyond.

Cover by the inimitable @rentachi. Seriously, don't even try to imit. Can't be done.

  • apocalypse
  • collection
  • cosmichorror
  • epichorror
  • fantasyhorror
  • horror
  • lovecraft
  • madness
  • oldgods
  • postapocalypse
  • psychological
  • signal
  • spacehorror
  • speculativefiction
  • stephenking
  • thestand
  • thriller
  • urbanfantasy
  • urbanhorror
  • wattys2018
  • zombies
Sibi21 Sibi21 Feb 06
I love how the main character’s name or gender is never explicitly revealed. Maybe I missed the first time their name was mentioned, but I think this was purposeful.
G3nd3r G3nd3r May 11
I like this a lot! I wonder what’s going on with Jen and Peter, though, somethings definitely up
thejstn thejstn Feb 24, 2017
Very interesting story. I'm especially loving the main character
WTF just happened? Oh, I gotta read more!
                              Great writing by the way, I sometimes shake my head at other stories that are great ideas and interesting reads but are written (technically) very poorly. Thanks for taking the time to actually write this well.
I've got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach right now!
MisterTent MisterTent Aug 09
I don't think the main character was being rude at all in that confrontation. Something cracked in his friend's head. Either that, something darker...