Not all disappearances in fiction are the same. Normally, the event kick-starts a plot -- the police get to work, witnesses are interrogated, the detective quips dryly while trying to get in touch with their estranged family… You know how these things work. Too often, though, characters go missing and nobody seems to notice, which is even scarier than any human kidnapper. Other people just go on with their lives, oblivious to the fact that their friend, their spouse, or their colleague just isn’t there any more. We collected some examples of this happening, hoping to dispel the existential anguish this idea causes us. We failed, but at least we have these to show for it.

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