Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and only the dead have seen the end of war. The last book in the series, Dark Matters: MEMORIES presents two stories in which the shadow of the First World War lies heavy upon those who endured it -- and those who did not...In The Palimpsest , a soldier-turned-artist has tried to put the horrors of the trencheThose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and only the dead have seen the end of war. The last book in the series, Dark Matters: MEMORIES presents two stories in which the shadow of the First World War lies heavy upon those who endured it -- and those who did not...In The Palimpsest, a soldier-turned-artist has tried to put the horrors of the trenches behind him, only to discover that a horror still stalks him. But in The Foundation, a future persists in which not only was the Great War's outcome very different, but the conflict itself has been... forgotten.One is a ghost story in the classic vein, inspired by the writing of M. R. James; the other a piece of alternate history -- or maybe alternate future. They stand against George Santayana's wisdom, because here the end of war is seen, and the past returns to repeat itself, upon another victim...These are stories that step out from the light,where only the dark matters......
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dark matters memories dark matters 4 Reviews
Full disclosure: Andrew Leon Hudson is in my writers group and I have been a beta reader on several of his stories, including one that was in this volume. Still, I'll try to be objective.Speculative fiction author Andrew Leon Hudson continues his collection of short story two-packs with this one on the theme of the Great War. The first story, "The Palimpsest", is my favorite of all his stories and follows a WWI veteran and artist as he sketches ruins in England's remote north. Strange things start to occur reminiscent of M.R. James ghost story. Hudson captures the feel of a James story quite well and the ending is powerful. Very well done.I was less intrigued with "The Foundation", another tale of memory as it relates to the Great War. I thought the dream sequences were handled well and the overall writing was good but it lacked the punch of the other story. Perhaps I've read too much, "we must not forget" literature for this sort of thing to gut punch me anymore, especially when nothing is added to the premise. Others might find it more moving. Even if they don't, "The Palimpsest" is well worth the low price of admission.Hudson is a writer to watch, and I hope he'll start writing longer works in the future.
Both of these stories start out on an optimistic note – a gentleman´s artistic walking holiday, a construction worker breaking ground on a mammoth project – but something lurking beneath the surface breaks through to menace their respective realities, rendering them incapable of continuing the task at hand. In both cases that something is a nameless, faceless violence that may have been buried in their own hearts all along. But the similarities end there. “The Palimpsest” is very much an homage to the great M.R. James, introducing an ex soldier whose veneer of civilized gentleman rubs thin when he begins to discover that somebody has been tampering with his diary. His disproportionate reaction to the anonymous vandal makes us suspect that he has never freed himself from the brutality of World War I.The second story, “The Foundation” describes an alternate future in which the ghosts of a long forgotten war rise up through the earth to haunt the foreman of a construction crew, mocking his ability to forge a future in ignorance of the past.Hudson is adept at skewering the starched propriety of an ex soldier by having him dab “at his ornamental moustaches while chewing, speaking through a napkin as if blotting the words from his lips.” But he really shines when he´s unsettling us with descriptions of brutality: “guts slobbering from him like the tongue in the mouth of a great hound.” Read on and you´re guaranteed to be left feeling perturbed.