Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses merrily scoffs at genre boundaries. Some of the stories contained herein, like “Smog Monster Versus Godzilla,” are realistic and heart-wrenching, and follow a recognizable arc. Others, especially the stories gathered under an umbrella of “Apocalypses” can be a single sentence, a series of questions, a fable, a margin note.
I’m glad to be with Lucy Corin, here, at the end of all things.
The book is divided into two sections. The first half (ish) of the the book is made up of three short stories, while the second half (again, ish) is a collection of accounts of the end of the world.
The opening three stories are self-contained, but no less apocalyptic for falling outside that eschatological header. “Eyes of Dogs” is a slightly modernized retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Tinderbox”, in which a soldier returns home from war, ...