Staff Picks (June): Things You Shouldn’t Remember GN
Jun 18, 2017
Who hasn’t had a moment of recollection that, when shared, drew the long stares of clueless friends or coworkers? Maybe you remember a Saturday morning cartoon that apparently no one else watched as a kid. Maybe it’s a song on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t quite grab the melody. Half the internet is apparently convinced Sinbad played a genie in a 90s movie that doesn’t exist, for example. But what if you woke to the memory of things that have no proof of existence, no history in print, online, or in the collective unconscious? What if those memories were suddenly verified by others, even just one or two? Alone, you might just be mistaken, but as a group of dozens or even hundreds, questions begin to arise.
Is this some kind of collective mania or shared hallucination? Is it perhaps something more sinister? Orwell predicted the deletion of knowledge, history, and even vocabulary with concepts like Newspeak in 1984. But take that one step further to the minds of the populace itself. Could we all be remembering only those facts that have been preapproved by some authority and these chosen few are recalling restricted truth? Or, like the clinically insane, is the truth not recognized by the collective just a delusion?
Treating these memories like a spreading pandemic, a mysterious group known as “The Handlers” are hunting down and destroying those who recollect. Personifying blacklisted information in the form of these persecuted citizens, Things You Shouldn’t Remember from Darby Pop Publishing challenges your assumptions about reality, shared memory, true history, and what Aldous Huxley called “the Doors of Perception.” In an era of science deniers, alt-facts, and social unrest, Luis Roldan’s story is timely, acerbic, and could not be more relevant.
Things You Shouldn't Remember is a frightening medley of adventure, humor, and horror that challenges our culture and the trustworthiness of our own minds.
Publisher: Darby Pop Publishing
Item Code: JUN171443
Release Date: 8/30/17