Creative Writing

Duplicity and Duress by Erin Vans

Duplicity and Duress: Snap Factories in the Making by Erin Vans, graduate, MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School.

Bookbaby, 2017

Duplicity&DuressFrom the publisher: The computer came on, by itself, in the middle of the night. There was clanking by the bike stand outside her window and a white van idling in the street. She pulled the curtain aside to get a better look only to realize….she’d been set-up. Duplicity and Duress: Snap Factories in the Making is a fictional account of a horrendous experience one survivor, one targeted individual, experienced without ever having knowingly done anything to deserve it. Erin Vans reports on a matrix of highly sophisticated psychological operations unleashed on a lone survivor who races and winds through the streets of Philadelphia in a desperate attempt to find answers. In this reportage-style story, Vans allows the reader to see how easily a networked group of people can surround one vulnerable person to wreak havoc unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Is this a modern form of localized warfare–networks of people creating a snapper by taunting a select individual with the potential to snap out. The implication that the big, bad media machine is salivating at the bit for the next bloodshed disaster. It leaves readers wondering, what is orchestrated, and what is not…and how much do people get paid to create it all?

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