By the end I think too you will be very invested in his final decision. Second, I was happy to see that even though the protagonist is not of a heterosexual orientation, that fact does not obscure the passionate, introspective writing in the piece. Oh and he can see into the future, for those wondering what tropes ARE in this one. I liked not being able to guess exactly what the creatures would do next. Essentially, a woman discovers her zombified family among the ruins of society, just about the time the creatures make a dramatic change to their behavior.
She tries to unravel their mystery without falling victim to the zombie process herself. This piece gets bonus points for a well-timed and unforeseen at least to me use of the title, something I have always thought of as a hallmark of a great short story. This one does both, gathering shadows around a mysterious barn or rather IN it and leaving the reader with what I think was a very satisfying and clever conclusion. In it we read over the shoulder of a mysterious person writing letters from their prison cell to someone outside participating in a pen pal program.
Or are they in a prison? Or are they a person? And who are they really writing to? Everything is in question until the final entry. Great authors, like Ligotti, who got a Stoker nomination for this story, can tie all of that weirdness into a cohesive, engaging plot. In this one, a rather average Joe finds himself entranced by strange audio recordings that appear at a strange art gallery of a dubious quality. The recordings take him down a path that makes him question reality.
Clues are gradually revealed so that near the end, you might solve the mystery before it is presented to you in all of its weird details. Supernatural Noir. Brian Evenson. Mike Allen. Halloween Carnival Volume 1. Brides of the Impaler. The Girl in the Basement.
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Josephine had been up all night, her heart pounding, thinking about this day, about whether she would survive it. Now, out on the road and exposed on all sides, she was so scared she could barely breathe. The initial idea I had was to write a straightforward zombie story, where the zombies suddenly stop attacking the living, and the living have to learn to coexist with their dead brethren.
So the stingers came before Josephine. Once I knew what I wanted the overall setup to be, I started thinking about what sort of character and situation might make for a compelling storyline. He could have come on a liner, but he preferred, when working, to make his entrances unnoticed.
Then there are the Grand Foundational Domains, the first planets settled aeons ago that are now vast, complex, wealthy societies. Then there are the secondary worlds, peopled by misfits and oddballs who felt hemmed-in on the Foundationals. And there are quite a few minor and disregarded planets where you take your chances, just like backpacking through some parts of Earth today.
Lauren Beukes is a South African author and filmmaker. Her novels include Zoo City and Moxyland.
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