Friday, April 14, 2017

Dark Warm Heart, by Rich Larson

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(Horror) A Canadian man returns from a near-fatal accident in the far north, but his wife notices something’s not quite right with him now. (6,090 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: The setup is great. We gradually realize just how wrong things are. And yet we also know how very much they love each other. The fact that he’s bitten her a couple of times creates a lot of tension.

He’s dying without food, and the only food he can eat is human flesh. He tries to get some at a medical cadaver, but security runs him off.

So his wife decides she wants to keep him, and she prepares to cut off a finger to feed to him. Her ring finger, symbolically, since he needs “dark warm heart” food, and tradition has it that the ring finger has a vein directly connected to the heart.

Minor note: From the airport code, we know this is set in Edmonton, Alberta.

Con: Why does she think feeding him one finger one time will fix anything? Her actions at the end make little sense.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Eesh! Starts out dark and tense and just keeps going. That ending -- shocking. But, yeah, that's not gonna work.