Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Signal, by John Lanchester

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(Horror) David takes his family for a weekend visit to the manor house of an old friend. He worries about a “tall man” who seems to be taking too much of an interest in his children. (6,497 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by David Remnick), appeared in issue 04/03/17, published on by .

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Pro: It sends a shiver down your spine when you realize the tall man was a ghost. And it’s faintly amusing that the ghost, a product of our age, is eternally trying to get a signal for his phone.

I realize "horror" is a bit misleading, but I couldn't say "ghost story" without spoiling it, and "modern fantasy" seemed even more misleading. Alternate suggestions for the subgenre will be warmly welcomed.

Con: Little prepares us for this to be a ghost. The rest of the story is just a lengthy account of the revels of the weekend and might as well be mainstream.

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