Shadows of Tomorrow features two thrilling, post-apocalyptic short stories, Only One Mask and The Price of Art.
Only One Mask:
Nob only trusts two things: his knife and his breathing mask–the latter because he has to.
Ever since the world went crazy, he feels like he’s always on the run. Running from those who want to kill you. Running from those who want your food, your water, and your only way to safely breathe.
Tricia once said he takes things too seriously. That was a long time ago. Now taking things seriously keeps him alive.
He’s used to taking what he needs without an ounce of guilt, but now he’s faced with a moral dilemma that threatens his survival. They’ve never given him pause before, but this time, it’s different.
The Price of Art:
Jordyn prefers art to friends.
She remembered thinking that growing up, and it’s still true today. Art never let her down. Art never made fun of her. And art never tried to kill her.
She didn’t ask to live in a world where paintings are used for firewood, but that’s her reality. She’s constantly told to think practically–humanity can’t afford anything but the necessities to survive anymore. But she fought back and finally found a community who lets her keep every scrap of art she finds, anything to protect them from being destroyed.
But the day finally comes where she might have to choose between her survival and the survival of her art. The world isn’t a nice place anymore, and hard choices have become a part of everyday life.
Jordyn makes her choice.
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About the Author
Ryan Lanz was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii until he was a teenager and then lived in California for a time. He enjoyed a brief experience with film before becoming involved in the performing arts, touring with a music performance group as a vocalist to a dozen countries on three continents over the length of five years. His first published work was Unknown Sender, and he looks forward to many more in a variety of genres. He also enjoys blogging about the culture of writing and brings on guest authors to share their writing tips. For more information, go to www.RyanLanz.com or @theryanlanz on Twitter.