Thursday, August 31, 2017

Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain, by Tim McDaniel

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(Horror) Squamous goes to buy a copy of a dangerous demonic book, but someone else has beaten him to it. (3,269 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: The plot is essentially the hunt for the book, and it ends when the book is damaged and they no longer want to take it.

It’s mildly amusing that a person who folds the pages of books gets her just desserts for failing to respect books.

Con: The whole story exists pretty much to set up that joke.

Some of the dialogue is pretty bad. E.g. “Well, I guess so. I could snap the old guy like a twig if he causes any trouble . . . .”

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