Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner, by Alan Baxter

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2015; 6,210 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Daniel is a cabin boy on a pirate ship whose captain obsesses over a madman's map that supposedly leads to untold treasure.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: The development of Reeve's madness is very well done. The pirate and crew get their just deserts at the end.

Con: Reeve and Daniel never really become people in this story. Harkness, the unfortunate first mate, is a more sympathetic character. And why does the captain start the story by murdering a man as part of his sales pitch?

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Great lovecraftian story! Daniel gives the impression that Reeve used to be a strict but fair captain before his lover death. But he doesn’t show any positive trait and a captain who let all but four of his crews perished on previous mission should had been a big red flag to potential recruits 😁