Thursday, December 14, 2017

Trette's Bones, by Grace Seybold

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(Dark Fantasy) In a town where becoming an adult means surrendering a body part and getting a ghostly replacement, the narrator opts to sacrifice a finger, but their twin sister has something extreme in mind. (8,167 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 241, published on .

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Pro: This is really the story about how Trette destroyed the Ossuary and freed the town and its people. The narrator is almost completely undeveloped as a character and takes no actions that affect the world.

The implication seems to be that Trette, with her ghostly ear bones, was able to hear what the powers behind the Ossuary really wanted. Maybe that drove her mad, but she doesn’t seem mad. It seems more likely that she gave them what they wanted, knowing it would destroy them.

The story has a strong Lovecraftian feel to it.

Con: It’s a bit of a letdown that we don’t find out what she said that made the whole town go crazy.

Because of the remoteness of the narrator, none of the characters is very developed, and it’s arguable that there isn’t really a plot at all. (That is, that Trette wasn’t planning anything either.)

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