Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet, by Robin Furth

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(Horror) Sir Henry prepares to resurrect a dead murderess as an offering to dark and hungry sea gods who expect something from him on his 49th birthday. (9,277 words; Time: 30m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

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Pro: Whatever Sir Henry’s plans, he’s part of a bigger cycle, and even though he realizes what’s happening at the end, it’s much too late to change anything.

The process of preparing the magic is nicely details and suitably creepy.

The more we learn about Sir Henry, the less we regret anything that happens to him.

Con: There’s no one in the story to root for. We watch Sir Henry go down with an air of curiosity, but not sympathy. On the other hand, he’s not made out to be so nasty that we cheer his demise either.

It’s not clear what Sir Henry was getting out of his necromancy. Sex with dead girls whom he can resurrect just once a year?

Six guineas is six pounds and six shillings--not fifty pounds.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Thoroughly creepy and fantastical magic and mythology.

    He was resurrecting dead girls to avoid sacrificing already living ones for the once every 7 year ritual.

    The six guineas was extra for his troubles on top of the apparently previously agreed upon fifty pounds.