A mysterious condition sweeps the country, leaving its victims in a catatonic state. The power grid fails and the world goes dark. Somewhere in Florida, where the sprawling suburbs meet a dying citrus grove, a janitor at a small community radio station, an FCC field agent, and a DJ attempt to restore order and humanity. They build a radio tower to recruit survivors. As newcomers arrive and occupy the homes of the affected, a community grows and thrives. But when supplies dwindle and more people succumb to the condition, a doomsday preacher arrives to test the limits of the community; and the radio tower, once seen as a marvel, begins to look like an abomination.
Radio Dark fuses Cormac McCarthy’s visceral realism with Daniil Kharms’ absurdist sensibility to create a uniquely surreal post-apocalyptic novel. As in Hinton’s debut, Pinkies (a CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist), deadpan humor lurks just below the surface of this bleak tale.
Shane Hinton is the author of the story collection Pinkies and editor of the anthology We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida. He teaches writing at the University of Tampa and lives in the winter strawberry capital of the world.
“A book about what it means to own and live inside a failing physical body, as well as a failing community body.” –Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things
“A remarkable new young American writer, whose talent is likely to become progressively more vital and profound in the years to come.” –Mikhail Iossel, author of Notes from Cyberground
“Hinton’s understated yet sharp prose takes us to the cusp of dysphoria and then pushes us over the edge into a quietly spiraling horror. An unforgettable read.” –Steph Post, author of Miraculum
“A raw and propulsive novel that shivers with life and shimmers with hope.” –Meredith Alling, author of Sing the Song