by Mike Maggio
Publication date: May 8, 2017
Genre: Novelette, Kafkaesque Contemporary Fiction
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-34-0 (Page count: 90)
ePub: ISBN-13: 978-1-925417-35-7
Kindle ASIN: B06XWYG8D1
The Appointment by Mike Maggio is a tale of a man whose life has somehow slipped him by and who tries desperately to find meaning in a strange, tenuous world—a world that seems to have left him completely behind.
On a cold December morning, Professor Jeremy Withers is waiting on a jam-packed subway platform for his train to arrive when a youth gang arrives and goes on a rampage. Brandishing chains, they terrorize the crowd of unsuspecting commuters, choosing Professor Withers as their main victim and leaving him for dead. After regaining consciousness, Professor Withers makes his way to campus and reaches his office only to find that it is completely empty—as empty as it was on the very first day he began his teaching career some 30 years before. As he contemplates this improbable circumstance, he is visited by two mysterious inspectors who appear at his door. Believing that they have come to investigate the crime that has just taken place, he soon finds that they are as enigmatic as the bureau they claim to represent, and he spends the next few days trying to locate them in a world that suddenly appears uncanny and unforgiving.