The Bearer of Grievances

A collection of short stories not short on detail

4.5 out of 5 stars

This book is a collection of short stories by Joseph McKinley — Those stories include:  The Bearer of Grievances, The Man on the Bike, Amazing Amy, Bitch, I Died Before You Got Here, The Geniuses Not Having Leads to Use , and The Professor and His Wife.  Each story is different, each one tells a tale of the same company and its different users.

The Bearer of Grievances was by far the best story in this bundle.  Honestly that story was so good that the other stories really took a back seat to it.  The other stories were good, don’t get me wrong — they just couldn’t compare to such an awesome first story.  I’d be intrigued to have some back story and a little longer of a story since I enjoyed it so much.  Just be warned — there is a lot of violence in such a short story.

Grievances was one of those visceral stories that really makes the animal in you perk up.  It makes the human part of you shrink and try to hide away.  It was a cool concept that combined a few stories into one awesome one.  It reminded me a bit of Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind, and the rest of it was a mixture of “Mad Max” (which it even refers to) and a little bit of “Crank”.




Introducing Defurion, the first FDA approved memory transplantation system. Defurion uses patented nanotechnology to gently identify and remove your angriest memories. Defurion is knife and pain free and has been approved for adolescents and adults – Shāshǔyào Pharmaceuticals, helping you get even since 2043.

Welcome to the future, where technology has saved us all. Drones delivering peanuts, exosuits to make you strong but leave you weak, your house AI powered by hydrogen cells in the basement, digital therapists charging by the minute. Careful with the paperwork though, things have got complicated.

Don’t get angry, let the Bearer of Grievances take revenge for you. This revolutionary system is tamper-proof guaranteed to ensure retribution for those who most deserve it.

Let technology set you free.

Across eight blackly comic stories, The Bearer of Grievances peels back the layers of Shāshǔyào Pharmaceuticals and what they have done to the human race. Where there’s a form to fill for everything, where sleeping until you hit management is the career choice, where genetically engineered super-bureaucrats run the world from their secret mountain.

In the second release from Unsung Signals, Joseph McKinley probes the warped ramblings of faceless netizens and with a caustic wit imagines: What if the trolls ran the world? For fans of Douglas Adams, Terry Gilliam and William S. Burroughs.


Joseph McKinley works deep in the bowels of an educational institution. Much like the nameless protagonists of any number of Russian short stories and novels, he is all but invisible, save for his irritability, which is stellar in its incandescence.

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