This is an anthology of short stories of romance by six writers of a new generation, thought and imagination, coming with an idea that how the forms of love would be changed in the post-pandemic era.
- Book Intro
During the last year and a half when the world’s economy came to a near halt because of COVID-19, our lives have changed dramatically at an astonishing pace in a way that no one has foreseen. This anthology tells stories from the perspective of love by the authors who have contemplated life before the pandemic and the post-pandemic era.
Back in November 2020 when it was believed that COVID-19 would be in decline by 2021, six writers (Seo Gye-Soo, Kocoa Dream, Jeong El, Heyna, Jeya, Yang Yoon-Young) who write prolifically on the online novel platform, Webtoon and SNS were invited to partake in the “anthology of romance in the pandemic era.” Their imaginative works all were completed in February of 2021. In this anthology that is published, the stories that start with love as its main motif contain the writers’ witty insight and critical discernment of present reality, offering a refreshing outlook of a younger generation on the world.
In Seo Gye-soo’s story, “I Mourned for You Six Times,” the protagonist can re-enact a specific time six times. In order to save her lover who is infected with COVID-19, she travels through time repeatedly but even after six attempts, he cannot change fate. The lesbian protagonist and her lover could not be legally acknowledged as a couple and she is unable to attend the funeral of her beloved who died of COVID-19. The author wanted to show just how deeply the two characters loved each other.
In “Can You Find Redemption in the Shelter?” by the author, Kocoa Dream, there is a mother who produces an illegal drug that is effective for the prevention of COVID-19 and draws people to an online community. She locks up the customers and her daughter in an underground shelter under the pretext of protecting them. It tells the story of her hitherto obedient daughter, “I” and “Sae-Ju” who comes into her life by fate. The story is written in the form of e-mail messages by the protagonist who is responding to interview questions much later after she escaped from the shelter. The author was inspired to write the story that is based on her personal experience—with a message that the scar one is left with from a human relationship can be healed by another relationship.
- About the Author
Seo Gye-Soo;Kocoa Dream;Jeong El;Heyna;Jeya;Yang Yoon-Young
Seo Gye-soo, who is affiliated with Green Book Agency DML, started writing in 2016. She purposely writes about women of diverse age groups and although she did not intend it, she does mostly horror, fantasy, and SF books. She debuted as a writer with her story, “I Mourned for You Six Times,” which was included in the anthology of pandemic romance, Incarcerated in Love.
Kocoa Dream is the author of the apocalyptic novel The Day of Living Corpses. Her stories, including the title work, “The Code of Conduct for the New Hirees of the Edenbridge Hotel,” and two other short horror stories were published. She likes to write about “the bizarre or monstrous incidents that take place in everyday life.”