Friday, July 21, 2017

The Dead Father Cookbook, by Ashley Blooms

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(Horror) The narrator wants to bring her father back from the dead, but first she has to trick her brother into helping eat his cremated remains. (6,038 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Subtract one star if you're easily grossed out.

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 07/17/17, published on .

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Pro: Addie manages to get the family reunion she was after. There's something charming about the fact that the talismans that she uses to resurrect her father were among the few things that reminded them of times when he showed some love for them, and, as a result, she ended up resurrecting the sort of father they always wished they'd had.

Con: It’s really, really gross. And the incest implications don’t make it any better.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yes, it's gross, but it's so wacky that I just found that funny. (I think that illustration grossed me out more.)

    They are a uncomfortably, unhealthily close, but not quite incestual (squeamishly close though). She defined herself as his caretaker for so long, and now she doesn't really know what the heck to do on her own. She's like a single mother empty nester.

    I thought the teasing and griping at each other was well done. And I loved the matter-of-fact way they discussed her past witchy shenanigans. It was touching in a very, very weird way.

    1. And it's certainly not the grossest thing I read all year.

    2. Uh-oh, what takes that prize?