A short story collection for anyone who feels like they're living through the collapse of civilisation. Gary Byrnes is also the author of THE GOD VIRUS and PURE MAD.
Excerpt from THE WRITER:
It was a heavy evening after the scorching day; late summer, the month of the God Emperor Augustus. The air glowed, smoke from thousands of oil lamps and open fires catching the sun's fading power. The writer's eyes burnt as he stood on the balcony of his family domus on the Palatine Hill, watching the murmuring city stretched out below. He acknowledged a peculiar beauty in the wide sweep of wretched humanity huddled together; slums and tenements hugging the banks of the Tiber, hill after hill to the glimpse of distant, burning sea.
Later, a fat moon rose from behind the imposing home, cast its cold light over the dead day, the greatest city in history,...