Episode 83: After We Got Back The Lights by Eric Del Carlo

The Hard Years are over. When the army comes to town and reestablishes civilization, Corey is left wondering where he fits in the new world, and what his town’s survival might cost. outtakes

Afterward, Big and Rish talk a bit about the end of the world, and the kinds of stories that can be told about it. Plus, Big Anklevich compares dieting to a nuclear holocaust.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman, Juliet Bowler, and Rich Girardi for lending their voices to today’s story.

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Related Links:
Eric Del Carlo’s Site
Josh Roseman’s Site
Juliet Bowler’s Site
Rich Girardi’s Lady Jade’s Lair
Louis CK “Everything Is Amazing And No One Is Happy”
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
Music was Down The Road by Augenstilzchen.
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9 Responses to “Episode 83: After We Got Back The Lights by Eric Del Carlo”

  1. Hey, thank you guys for these more frequent release dates. This is great!


  2. oh, and you’ll be pleased to know that ‘Hell no, Big Anklevich’ has become a very consistent and stable part of my daily language usage.

    It’s used in much the same situations as those in which Gary Coleman would have said, ‘What you talkin’ ’bout Willis/Mr. D/(random other character)?’.

    (But I’m also experimenting with using it as an alternative friendly greeting in formal/semi-formal social situations.)

  3. STORY: I liked it, I guess… but I don’t think the reveal of what Cory did was equivalent to the level of tension that was being built. I expected they’d been cannibals, or he’d sacrificed people to a vampire, or something like that. The details and the rebuilding were great… but the tension took a lot away from it for me.

    COMMENTARY: I agree with Big’s wife — young employees SUCK. And I agree with Rish as well — his comments about the entitlement generation, and about young people not knowing HOW to be good workers.

    Can’t wait for the results of the BMSE.

    • I don’t know. Justice is one of the hardest things in the world, harder by far than vengeance or survival. I find it a lot more striking that his confusion and regret stemmed from an effort to do the right thing than from some more prosaic deal with a devil.

  4. I liked this story a lot at first. I always enjoy tales of people dealing emotionally with hard times and weird stuff. The character portraits were stunningly well-drawn and detailed. Absolutely enjoyable.


    The one thing that bugged me – that increasingly bugged me, the more I thought about it – was this: what the hell did the rapist’s father expect? Even before the lights went out, his son’s life would basically have been over. He’s got a long stay in prison ahead of him – and California prisons, by the way, are among the worst places America to be, and incredibly hard to get out of – and he’ll be permanently registered as a sex offender even if/when he does get out. Honestly, hanging him from the nearest tree could be seen as a mercy.

    So… after some thought, I realized that the rapist’s father’s rage rang a bit hollow for me. It just didn’t scan, since his son would have faced a similar – perhaps even worse – fate in the world before the Hard Years. Perhaps if the author had made it a little clearer, if the rapist’s father had said something like “in the real world, before everything, at least my son would still be alive” I would have been able to swallow the story…

    It’s a small thing, though. All-in-all, I enjoyed the story a great deal. Good job!

  5. I loved the strong sense of place in this story. The authour builds up the world and so effortlessly draws us into it. It may be post-apocalyptic, but that apocalypse seemed very real, and has happened to civilisations throughout history, which in its way, makes it more sobering than an over-the-top fantasy dystopia. The story also shines a light on what we have and take for granted. I know that I’d miss so much if my society collapsed, but there was also something quaint and appealing about that little town, managing on its own resources.

  6. It is my understanding that irregular verbs and plurals are artifacts from old English. Any new words should be treated as regular. So, no unusual rules should apply, even if similar words, even with similar derivations, need to be regularized.

    One of the most recent examples is computer mouse. The true plural is computer mouses, even though most people still say mice. Popular usage will eventually win out.

    So, the past-tense of ‘podcast’ should be ‘podcasted,’ as awkward as it sounds, and the spell-check doesn’t like it. Popular usage will win on this one, too.

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