Synopsis Reveal, We Won’t Fade into Darkness by T.J. Benson

Synopsis Reveal, We Won’t Fade into Darkness by T.J. Benson

TJ Benson is a chronicler of speculative universes, and yet, his writing pulsates with the urgency of a present moment. His promise as a writer is immense. His stories are written in prose rinsed in empathy, and with an ambition that makes me shudder in expectation for his future work.

— Emmanuel Iduma, author of Farad and A Stranger’s Pose, and editor of Saraba Magazine.

An abusive father is forced out of safety to find his runaway son in a world where males are going extinct and female monarchs have resorted to drastic methods to ensure continuity of the Nigerian race.

An Ogbanje travels to a near post-apocalyptic Nigeria from the past with a solution even she is not aware of.

In a Nigeria where the British never left, a white boy who lives in Lagos seizes a banned book from one of his father’s Nigerian household serfs and their friendship yields a disastrous consequences in Passion Fruit.

In We Won’t Fade into Darkness the past and future comes to a head, indiscriminate exploitation of oil eventually yields Nigerium, a gaseous element that poisons air, destroys reproductive organs and drives people insane.

The common thread in these stories, apart from the country of its setting is the lifeblood of every indigene, hope.

About the Author
TJ Benson is a Nigerian writer and creative photographer whose work has appeared in several online journals like Jalada Africa, Expound and Bakwa magazine; in print magazines like Transition Magazine and more recently Saraba’s ‘Transitions’ issue.
His chapbook of photography ‘Rituals’ was published in downloadable PDF on Sankofa Magazine in 2015. His short story ‘An Abundance of Yellow Paper’ was the joint winner of the Amb-HBF contest in 2016 and this collection was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize, He was the first runner-up for the 2016 Short story Day Africa Prize themes ‘Migration’ and he is a two time writer-in-residence at the Edebi Writers Residency Nigeria.
He currently resides in Abuja where he makes images when he is not writing and cooks to calm his nerves from time to time.
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