Let The World Die

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After years of saving the world, an exhausted hero decides that she has finally had enough—let humanity save itself, let the world die.
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Words: 480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476453521
About Walter Lazo

“Our free short stories are intended as a doorway to our more mature premium works. Their purpose is to showcase the author’s writing style and use of evocative imagery. Although these are his earlier works—he has gotten much better since—they serve as a nice introduction to his thematic concerns as well as to his belief that a story has to be believed in to be effective. Therefore, what he presents in these stories are situations and the reactions of characters within those situations.”

Walter Lazo was born in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in North Carolina. As a child he discovered his love of Weird Fiction and large, epic, heroic stories, as well as German and Greek mythology, devouring the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, the Grimm brothers, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Walter grew up reading the short stories of Richard Matheson, and later discovered the works of the great science fiction writers of the 20th century; namely, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

He enjoys writing horror and science fiction stories with an occasional martial arts story thrown in for good measure. He is currently obsessed with the short story form and hopes that it will make a comeback in popularity. As an adult he has tried to create his own mythos, writing about the Demon World and other creatures that torment men’s dreams.

He is a longtime fan of Stephen King and of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Review by: Jack Forge on May 04, 2013 :
Good work! Such short stories can be difficult to write, yet you made it suspensefully interesting while making a strong statement about humanity.
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Review by: S. Michael Choi on May 01, 2013 :
about as good as 480 words can get. "flash fiction" may not be established as a genre, but times are slowly liberalizing towards this word-length
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 13, 2013 :
Disappointingly short story that could have been much longer and deeper, however, it was thought provoking insomuch as, do we say 'thank you' enough to our everyday heros?
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Review by: Michael Carter on Nov. 13, 2012 :
This is an interesting idea, and those 400 words intrigue you to know more about the world and the situation. Well written, too, an exercise in concision, but it comes across almost as a teaser for a much longer work.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Nov. 09, 2012 :
Quite interesting. It seemed a little underdeveloped but the bones of the story are all there. Could do with a little more depth, though it was interesting to see a story of so few words still distill plenty of intrigue.
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Review by: Jack Forge on June 16, 2012 :
What a fascinating twist on the mythical self-sacrificing hero! An enjoyable little gem. One suggestion: Develop it. This deserves to be a novel or at least a full-blown short story. It is the germ of a major work.
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