Roger stumbles through his days, trying to find something, anything, of meaning or sense, something that doesn’t fill him with disgust. But all he sees around him in the world makes him sick, world events, Religion, “culture”, and so he stumbles on in a drunken daze, wondering what the point of any of it is, finding no answers. As he wanders the city streets at night, it is odd, but it is as if the buildings change and all city surroundings, people, cars, noise, all just disappear as he continues to walk on deeper within the night. Then, one night while out he happens upon a bench and is greeted by a person upon it who announces “Cheerio good chap, Roger you do know that we are going to kill you tonight don’t you?” By the end, will any be able to contest, it truly is a wonderful world is it not. But…who exactly are “They”?
I am Xavier Cockroachal Damon, author of six books. Two are novels, this one, and “Dawn”. The rest are compilations of shorter works. They are “Xavier Cockroachal Damon’s, Um, Entirely Fictitious Autobiography”, and “Welcome to the Idiot Box: Stories, Essays, Self-help Wisdom”, and “Dog Years Within the Curse of 7. Six Plays, 5…4…3…2…1…Zero”, and “Love Is What Will Make an Immortal Die: Also Includes Waiting for Godotal and Future Uncertain, Self-sedition, No Reason, Rhyme, Trapped Within the Demise of Time and The Mystery of the Missing Dead”. There is also a writer named Aaron Aaronson who coincidentally only started writing after Xavier Cockroachal Damon’s demise and he has three books. They are “Welcome to Nowhereland (5 Stories)”, and “Self-Extermination. Sounds Like a Plan: Also Includes Give Me a Burger and Hold the Fries and Brain Circus and (3 Essays About Donald J. Trump) and The Adventures of Man-Man and Soliloquy to My Soul”, and “The Chronicles of The Adventures of Man-Man, Defender of Man: (Episodes 1-5)”. So happy New Year, and greetings from the grave.