Monday, November 23, 2015

Holding Hands With Monsters, by Haralambi Markov

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A horror story, in which the narrator meets the monster under the bed, and things go from bad to worse. (3,600 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Holding Hands With Monsters," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in Stories for Chip (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: At first it seemed this would be a story about child abuse (and may be an allegory of that), for for the most part it seems meant to be taken at face value. It describes the narrators relationship with the monster under the bed. How he resists, submit, rejects, and ultimately accepts his infernal lover.

Con: This is a horror story, so not suitable for a Hugo nomination.

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