“The Meek Shall Inherit” by Jamie Freeman from The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy, Northwest Press, 2013. Edited by Tom Cardamone.

This story scared the #$% out of me. It’s a little too realistic for my taste, given that we live in a world in which would-be world leaders keep taking to social media to call for the mass execution of LGBT people, and citizens are being executed in the streets by law enforcement personnel, and proponents of the dominant religion equate not being allowed to enforce their beliefs on the masses with persecution.

We’re frighteningly close to the world of this story already, and I can completely relate to the murderous rage that overtakes main character Joshua. The thing is, he has super powers, so things escalate quickly. The other thing, of course, is that two wrongs don’t make a right. But this is a story. It’s a place to vent, and explore the what-ifs. What if America became a (an openly?) totalitarian Fundamentalist Christian state?


(For more by this author go to Short Stories 365/26.)