Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Screamers, by Tochi Onyebuchi

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(Horror) America has imported policemen from Nigeria to patrol black neighborhoods, and they’re struggling to solve cases where people seem to simply explode for no reason. (4,566 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu), appeared in issue 8, published on .

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Pro: The scenes of the narrator with his father are the best part of this story.

Con: It’s very hard to believe the US would import police from Nigeria—much less return to segregation—but up until the “entire souls encased in folded paper” line, this is mostly a police story. The abrupt turn to the mystical is very jarring, and suspension of disbelief does not recover from it.

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