Sunday, October 30, 2016

Special Collections, by Kurt Fawver

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(Horror) The Special Collections section of the library is filled with curious objects and old books, but people who go in there alone never come out. (7,007 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Special Collections," by , appeared in issue 11-12|16, published on by .

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Pro: The descriptions of the things in the Special Collections section and the accounts of the different people who attempted to explore it are fascinating and even have a certain amount of tension. The creepy superiors who hold secret meetings in windowless rooms are interesting. It even leads one to wonder if the narrator is unreliable and is perhaps a resident in an asylum.

Unusually, this story is written from a first-person plural point of view.

It's possible that there are allusions to other works of horror (e.g. Lovecraft), but I'm not seeing them.

Con: The story is inconclusive.

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