The Absence of Knowledge

The Absence of Knowledge

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R.P. Briggs By rpbriggs Updated Oct 09

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
Is this THE 72 second signal? As in the Wow signal?  If so, does that mean this  takes place in the 70s?
polarcarrot polarcarrot Jun 22
Omg that’s where I live!!
                              (And we’re all very nice here I’ll have you know lol)
MatthewJC MatthewJC May 24
Love the description here! Flows very nicely! And yes I too believe there is alien life out there somewhere! (3) @lboddez
NickKoby4 NickKoby4 Oct 13
I would be so happy but at the same time i would say is this a real dollar thinking sayin am i in dream land 😁
I remember 😁 I just rubbed it and stared at it and tried to figure out if it was alive.
@Wolf1072 check out this story, if you haven't already! i think it might be up your alley. :)