Viral Snow by PM Barnes is a first person narrative short horror story. At first the story seemed to be about the woman’s mental health issues. It is apparent that the death of her child resulted in a withdrawal from society in the form of agoraphobia. She works from home doing computer programming and her primary outside contact is the young man who delivers her groceries. Her only friend is a man she she met on line and has never met in person although they Skype a dinner date each evening.
Mia has an extraordinarily unusual day which messes up her entire schedule including not being ready for her nightly Skype dinner date. What she sees and hears is enough to make your skin crawl or your head spin, depending on your personality. Her ultimate reaction is probably one of the most rational responses I’ve heard of in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I just might do the same thing.
Mia was a pretty well developed character and I got to know her quickly. She doesn’t sugar coat what an anxiety attack is like. Yet she employs an effective coping mechanism for herself. She is honest to herself during her internal monologues so I was able to know the real Mia. She was believable and I empathized with her throughout her unusual day and admired Mia for how she coped.
If you enjoy short horror stories, love zombies, or like a solitary protagonist with phobias, then this story might be what you’re looking for in a quick afternoon read. I read it in an evening and finished it just before bedtime. I hope I don’t have nightmares! Appropriate for horror fans of any age.