Thursday, May 19, 2016

Steamboat Gothic, by Albert E. Cowdrey

(Horror) In modern Louisiana, Sheriff Chew investigates a problem with a Hollywood film crew who have gone from being a noise problem to being silent as the grave. (7,455 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"Steamboat Gothic," by appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, published , by .

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

Pro: Sheriff Chew's casual corruption and cynicism provide endless entertainment. And the murder really does get solved, even if the Sheriff declines to report that it was the Devil who did it.

Con: The ending is unsatisfying. It makes the whole story seem like the setup for an anti-rap joke.

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