The Four Horsemen of lore—Pestilence, Famine, War, and Death, have destroyed humanity in an Apocalypse, leaving only Porcaleo alive. Porcaleo pursues them with vengeance across the vast expanse of space through Andromeda and the Horsehead Nebula.
With the final quarry, a problem arises: how does one kill Death?
This was a fun little tale to read. Porcaleo assaults Famine with a “cornucopia rifle.” Famine “collapses under the abundance.”
Death, though, offers an entirely different problem. Author Kleijne presents him suitably ominous, with a whisper that rattles Porcaleo’s ship.
If the resolution is not a surprise, it is enjoyable. I liked this story.
According to his author’s blurb, Floris M. Kleijne, “writes stories in the interstices between his family, his career in finance, and his insatiable craving for Netflix binges.” His work has appeared in Writers of the Future anthologies, Galaxy’s Edge, Factor Four, Little Blue Marble, and many other publications. According to the bio on his site, he was born in Amsterdam and currently lives in an ancient farmhouse in the Dutch river district. He is the first Dutchman to qualify for membership in the SFWA. Good for him.
The story can be read here.
Title: “The Last Rider of the Apocalypse”
Author: Floris M. Kleijne
First published: Daily Science Fiction, October 14, 2019