State Of Fear: A Collection Of Stories Kindle Edition
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In "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the CIA torturer becomes the torturee. Bibeau is a skilled writer, one of the best political minds on the Internet. There is a surprising twist to almost every story. This is the next generation of Twilight Zone.
My favorite story is "The American Terror". The protagonist, having forgotten his cell phone, finds himself in a Kafkaesque maze of frightening bureaucracy and punishment. He has a very minor issue to resolve in court, but it turns into an existential hell, like that faced by K. in Kafka's THE CASTLE and by Joseph K. in Kafka's THE TRIAL. This is brilliant writing. Bibeau actually superimposes his protagonists situation, as it unfolds, on the situations of K. and Joseph K. You actually feel terror in your bones by the time you finish this story.
"K. hunts for the carrot. Joseph K. dodges the stick." Wow! And how many of us know someone in this situation, caught up in legalistic quicksand that came out of nowhere?
"The Exceptions Virus" seems farfetched . . . until you realize that it's not: "Do you have any clue how hard it is for a small group of people to fill an entire world with enough violence and chaos so that they begin to see conspiracies in every event?" It turns out that it's not too hard at all. (How easily Bush, Rumsfeld, and Condi, talking of smoking mushroom clouds, got 80 percent of Americans to support dropping bombs and missiles into densely populated Baghdad for absolutely no real or logical reason, eventually resulting in over a million Iraqi deaths and the murder, by the Bush administration, of 7,000 of our brave soldiers.)
"And to believe in the conspiracy is to join it." This, in my opinion, is very true. The chemtrailers, for example, are actually helping make chemtrails a reality. When government or corporate scientists finally do start spraying particles or chemicals into the air, whether in an effort to save us from global warming or to slowly destroy our immune systems so they can "cull" us (a chemtrailer favorite!), they will be allowed to do so with impunity because of the idiot chemtrailers having cried wolf for the past several years. Any serious scientist who dares to stand up to deal with "chemtrails" will be called a tinfoil-hat wearer!
I heartily recommend this book. It's awesome that it's in beautiful Kindle format and so reasonably priced.
My father was a judge, and as a kid I would sometimes stop by the courthouse after school. This is how I met a notorious multiple rapist/murderer. He was cuffed and shackled and surrounded by cops. All he said to me was, "Don't go up there, kid, or they'll put these on you." He was completely ordinary looking and sounding, with a forgettable name, and his presence was utterly disturbing. I figured he was dangerous, but I didn't know at that moment about the work he had done with a 10 inch butcher knife. Paul Bibeau's writing is like that guy - ordinary looking and strangely disturbing, with a profoundly scary twist at the end.
The first two stories "The Exceptions Virus" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" are a little confusing, but I guess that's only to be expected with the nightmare logic with book runs on. Both stories were still fun to read. The flash fiction pieces "A Man With A Gun Wants To Ask You Some Questions", "Emergency Broadcast" and "The Secret Rapture" were absolutely superb. "The American Terror" was a neat experiment in style. "Thanks for the last and greatest betrayal..." was the poem that ended the book, returning to all the things Bibeau loved to talk about on his blog: broadcasts, ghosts, and the dark heart of America.
All in all, I'd encourage you to give this book a try. It's well worth it.
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