Sunday, January 1, 2017

Successor, Usurper, Replacement, by Alice Sola Kim

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(Horror) Four friends meet for a writer’s critique group, on a stormy night when a dangerous beast is on the loose outside. (6,622 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Ben Smith), appeared in issue 10/25/16, published on .

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Pro: The writing is excellent, and the story a fine job of making all four characters real, with real, human problems.

We know at once that the girl is connected to the beast somehow, so there’s a great deal of tension as we wait for something to happen..

Con: It fails to deliver. Nothing happens except that there’s a small exchange of talent from three to one, and we don't even know which one.

The signaling that the girl isn’t human gets a little too heavy when she says “you humans.”

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