APPEARANCES is a collection of twelve short stories revealing how fragile and elusive reality is. It is full of playful and powerful images that exist all around us. Funhouse mirrors of life. Or maybe the other way round. Raw images of a reality normally photoshopped and made to look gorgeous in the beauty parlors of everyday society, now shown for what they are, revealing their true nature. The mirror theme helps reflect on this reality. Stories are mirrors of life, of people and circumstances. Images in those mirrors range from the exact to the distorted. They can be revealing, misleading, or indicative of something. They can be full of promises and lies, changing the world according to their whims, or brutally honest, revealing the world as it was never meant to be seen. Whatever the case, the images are real, and so are the mirrors, phenomena of the everyday world, reflecting back to us who we are, what we do and how we have set up the world around us. They indicate to us the various aspects of humanity and the human psyche, exposing our longings and fears. Victor and Xavier share these stories with us, offering their perspective on life through the prism of mirrors that are playful, powerful and present wherever one looks. Nothing can be taken for granted. Only one thing’s for certain. Appearances are not what they seem.
Keywords: reality, alternative reality, layered reality, dream, dreamworld, dreamscape, hyperreality, supernatural, metaphysical, more than meets the eye, things are not what they seem, cause and effect, big brother corporation, city riot, political correctness, evil technology, helping, altruism, friendship, modern human condition, postmodern human condition, postmodernism, fractal relationship between ants and humans, ant colony devastation, Africa, utopia, have a nice day, racism, reverse racism, liberalism, oppressive liberalism, skeletons in the closet, confrontation, social confrontation, fable, animal fable, spontaneous combustion, mountain, mountaineer, animism, banter, mirrors, reflections, distorted reflections, appearances, phenomena, science, science v religion, scientist, middle Europe, abandonment, self-reflection, transformation, automated menu, telecoms corporation, all-seeing corporation, witch-hunt, extraordinary perception, under the surface, behind the veil, removing the veil, look behind the mirror, revelations