Now Available from Emergent Expressions
Dystopian Speculative Fiction by Amanda Kool
Global cataclysm has propelled all life to the brink of extinction, and survivors now live in a world where the air is unhealthy, food is strictly rationed, and energy consumption is highly regimented. As science experiments with artificial biospheres and techno-mimicry to breathe life into long-dead species, humanity is faced with the dire consequences that arise when man plays god.
Post-Dystopian Dark Cli-Fi Crime Suspense
Earth’s sixth mass extinction has ended, and survivors who have struggled with unhealthy air, food rations and regimented energy consumption are now faced with disturbing new challenges when a detective leads an investigation into a string of inconceivable murders that have rocked her city.
This is the futuristic urban setting for Resembling Lepus, the new dark speculative fiction novella by Amanda Kool that becomes the inaugural release in the Emergent Expressions imprint from Grey Matter Press when it’s released on April 26, 2022.
Amanda Kool has been writing for most of her life, starting on her mother’s typewriter–the kind with ribbons, ink, and no electric parts. Clickety Clack!
While her day job as a Technical/Proposal writer keeps both her menagerie (dogs, cats and the occasional chicken) and her mortgage fed, she spends her downtime writing Crime, Speculative, and Science fiction.
She has never met a semi-colon she didn’t like and has an unhealthy, but completely understandable, addiction to chocolate and top-shelf whiskey. If that’s a tired writer’s cliché, then she’s living the dream.
In addition to Resembling Lepus, Amanda also co-authored 1000 Mettle Folds with Australian horror writer Steve Gerlach, and she wrote the children’s story “The Paper Fox.” Her first novel, the science fiction saga Tallwood, received 5-star reviews across the board.
You can visit her online at www.amandakool.net
It’s Dangerous when Man Plays God
In a world where the air is unhealthy, food is strictly rationed, and the energy consumption that triggered the destruction is highly regimented, scientists experiment with artificial biospheres to secure survival and techno-mimicry to breathe life into long-dead species. It’s an unavoidable surveillance state where every living thing is tracked, numbered, and categorized.
In this fledgling society born out of catastrophic loss and now challenged with a new reverence for all life, a lone detective is haunted by a series of murders traumatizing the populace. Assisted by a medical colleague, she finds herself entangled in a crisis with far-reaching consequences and dangerous repercussions that threaten the fragile balance of all existence.
What is the impact on humanity when mankind is required to play god to the creatures they have all but destroyed?
Reviews for Resembling Lepus
“A disturbing dystopian noir that takes us into a future we should hope never comes to pass. Amanda Kool sketches a complex, confronting world within this tightly plotted novella, If we’re lucky, we’ll see more stories from her that explore its dark and ethically tangled depths.” — Kirstyn McDermott, author of Perfections and the Never Afters series
“Amanda Kool asks difficult questions here, about life and consciousness and about rights and privilege…” — Alan Baxter, multiple Australian Shadows Award-winning author of The Fall, The Roo and the Eli Carver Supernatural Thriller series
“With every pass through…I saw something new. What always asserted itself was the hard reality that there’s no such thing as a perfect world that works for every inhabitant equally.” — Brian Lewis, Damaged Skull Reviews
“Intermingles identity, human nature, and a reverence for all life in a murder mystery that says more about the systems humans put into place to define what “life” or “murder” is. Cool, deeply imagined speculative fiction.” — John FD Taff, multiple Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Fearing and The End in All Beginnings
“Brimming with clever ideas and the ending was totally off-the-wall. In some ways the mystery was a distraction to the unique setting and the way in which man interacted with animals, real or otherwise.” — Tony Jones, Ginger Nuts of Horror
“A timely futuristic crime noir tale, set in a very different place—a world like no other. Hauntingly realistic, Kool masterfully tackles the issues and outcomes of our world of today and provides a frightening glimpse into the very real possibilities of our future.” — Steve Gerlach, author of Love Lies Dying and Lake Mountain