The Way Things End by Charles David
Hardcover – Tartarus – 2019 – 234 pages
The year is 1940 and blues musician Roosevelt Sands is on the run for murder when he lays down in the middle of a southern crossroads and plays a song that initiates the collapse of the universe. What follows is the slow demise of the world, as the music expands outward from its source to the edge of creation and back again. For forty years the music seeks to return to the place from which it came. During this time, a slow unravelling of reality brings forth supernatural events that influence and shape the interconnected lives of people around the world. People like Elena, a refugee child of World War Two, writing stories in rural Romania, and Earn, waking to find the corpse of a giant whale in his back yard. Those who live in the last days do so unknowingly as they are exposed to the strange collapse of the world and universe around them.