The End of the Future is a series of hybrid nonfiction works that documents my reckoning with the real loss of imagined futures. The first of these slim, stand-alone volumes is Zombie: A Memoir. I’m presently seeking publication for Zombie while I wade into work on the second volume in the series.
In Zombie, I examine the intimate relationships of body, memory, identity, grief and rage in the anthropocene’s climate of ineffable, quotidian catastrophe.
Zombie is informed by Judith Butler’s thinking about the relationship of grief and rage, by Timothy Morton’s writing about “hyperobjects,” and by my interest in how the zombie as a popular phenomenon arises from and illuminates cultural anxieties. These critical concerns interact with my personal narrative in explicit and implicit ways—in what I am writing about and in how I write about it. I am writing my way toward some reconciliation of the terrible truth and the beautiful truth…an end to the insatiable zombie stalemate that is neither life nor death.
Zombie is not a monster story. Rather it is, itself, a monster—a chimera—the body of a memoir with the head of a novel. It has the strange unclassifiable structure of a thing that evolved on a remote island in my mind.
Email anne at annedemarcken dot com to inquire about The End of the Future, Vol. 1, Zombie: A Memoir.