Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Whatever Comes After Calcutta, by David Erik Nelson

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(Horror) Lyle is having a bad day, what with finding his wife in bed with a cop, but not as bad a day as this lady he finds hanging from a tree because her neighbors decided she’s a witch. (7,827 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Whatever Comes After Calcutta," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: Lyle has lost his purpose in life. He feels nothing about anything anymore. Even after being shot by his wife, he doesn’t care much. The witch-thing gives him a purpose.

It’s suitably creepy the way we gradually figure out that Leighanne really is a witch and the neighbors really were doing the right thing.

The title of the story gives chills once we know what it really means. What will Lyle and the witch do after they're done with his wife and the cop?

Con: It’s very hard to believe that after being shot the man wouldn’t just lie there and wait for the emergency responders.

The caricature of the Trump supporters is a little heavy-handed.

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