Wednesday, 30 November 2011
The Scarlet Plague
The horror of the story is more in the reaction from the children to Granser's story. They're almost completely unable to conceive of a world so alien to their own. That's not to say the images of our world undone in a matter of days isn't horrifying, but I found Granser's attempts to bring his past back to life and how the children are so quick to dismiss it to be much more frightening.
It's a slight story in terms of length but not scope, and while it probably doesn't qualify as a novella (maybe a novelette?), it's a good read and an interesting ancestor of 28 Days Later, The Stand and Day of the Triffids to name just a few. If you want to see how the end of the world was presented to the early 20th century, The Scarlet Plague is a fine place to start.