Permanent Ink by R.W.K. Clark is the story of a stationery company who has stumbled upon a beautiful new ink called ‘Lumiosa’. The ink is holographic in appearance, featuring bright, metallic three-dimensional colors. Being in dire financial straits, the company pushes to release the pen before the new school year begins.
But the developer of the pen, Aspen Stationers’, has a secret: In the lab. So Aspen adds a weak, shifty disclaimer to the pen’s packaging and puts it on the shelves. The result of their corporate greed is a horrible viral outbreak of murderous zombies, and the condition is spreading like wildfire. Be sure to put this novel on your list of horror stories to read.
Here’s the deal.
While the zombie outbreak is spurned by the infectious ink, the story actually takes place in several different locations. Because of the courage of scientist Randy Carstens, hopefully and with any luck proper steps can be taken to stop the ravaging infection in its path. Let’s take a look at the company, and the bigwigs at Aspen, they are more concerned with pulling themselves out of ruin than being safe. This adds a bit of a crime thriller aspect to the novel.
It gets better.
But Aspen isn’t the only area affected; the pens have gone on sale in countless cities in the country, including Denver and its suburbs. The chance of a widespread pandemic is now imminent. There is no option but to attack and kill the zombies, which are growing in number by the second. The main reason I put this novel on my list of horror stories to read.
What’s the bottom line?
So, aside from this being a zombie apocalypse offering that is very different to others zombie survival novels, ‘Permanent Ink’ really does have an impactful moral message: What is a financial success really worth? What price should anyone really be willing to pay for it? In this book, the ultimate price is paid, and no one ever really enjoys the financial outcome due to the destruction it has caused. This point was enough to motivate me to compare the fiction to reality; how much has corporate America really buffaloed its public? How much of what is touted as safe and fun is truly poisonous or detrimental to us, the consumers? Is this really happening, or is ‘Permanent Ink’ just a pipe dream idea tossed about by a writer of horror-fiction?
This is crazy.
I would have to say that, if we are being honest, this type of thing is constantly happening in the real world. Perhaps it doesn’t leave us as flesh-eating undead, but there are those who are visiting cancer doctors after years of consuming unhealthy products sold with ‘safe’ labels. It is the same with our medicines, beverages, and even the food we all eat. This is a book that will make you think about these things, if you are able to see beyond the fiction and focus on the truth.