The Silent History.pdf
"The technological dimension of the project is cool, and the execution is fantastic. But I'm hooked on the story itself." -- Jon Mooallem New York Times "Entirely revolutionary" Wired
Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney's for eight years, working closely with authors including Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, William Vollmann, and Stephen King. Matthew Derby's writing has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Fence, The Believer, The Anchor Book of New American Sto-ries, and The Apocalypse Reader. www.matthewderby.org Kevin Moffett's stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere, as well as in three editions of The Best American Short Stories. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the 2010 National Magazine Award.
Sometime right around now, doctors, nurses, and - most of all - parents begin to notice an epidemic spreading among children. Children who are physically normal in every way except that they do not speak and do not respond to speech; they don't learn to read, don't learn to write. Theories spread - maybe it's related to a popular antidepressant. Maybe these children, robbed of language, have special skills of their own. The Silent History records the memories of parents, teachers, doctors, inventors, opportunists, cult leaders, even deranged vigilantes - everyone touched by the silent phenomenon, except, of course, the children themselves. Created by a team of authors, and originally serialized in app form, this bold and addictive experiment in storytelling transports us from a recognizable present to an unnervingly convincing future. It is timely, timeless, and terrifiying.