Friday, September 8, 2017

On Highway 18, by Rebecca Campbell

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(Ghost Story) It’s the summer before college—before everything changed. Jen and Petra are best friends, and they’re mildly curious about stories they hear about a ghostly hitchhiker. (4,015 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"On Highway 18," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro:  It does a nice job of evoking the bittersweetness of losing your highschool best friends when you go off to college.

Although there are hints the ghost is Jen, we don’t know it for sure until Petra leaves the overnight party alone.

Con: The ghost doesn’t have a very interesting message to deliver.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very evocative of a time, time of life, and place. Somewhat reminiscent of my own mid 80's teenage years in Michigan -- although I never hitchhiked or picked up any hitchhikers (ghosts or otherwise)!