Friday, February 10, 2017

The Bells, by Lyndsie Manusos

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(Fantasy Horror) Bishop created Mary, a living doll, and charges local men to see her perform. She resents doing it, and she resents the way he keeps tinkering with her. But what can she do? (4,700 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 93, published on .

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Pro: The hints that Mary used to be human and has been reduced to this state make the story horribly chilling. The final scene, where he takes away most of her mind, is the most chilling of all.

Con: It doesn’t quite make sense. If she was human to begin with, then why does she have the joints of a puppet? If not, what does it mean that she and Bishop loved each other? What is Henry’s issue? And what is the meaning of Abraham’s poem?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Intriguing, but brutal. It was just way too ambiguous though.