Monday, March 12, 2018

Likho, by Andy Stewart

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) Sonya sneaks into the ruins of Chernobyl to a place where some kind of magic is rumored to operate looking for an invisible friend she remembers from her childhood. (18,660 words; Time: 1h:02m)

"Likho," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: The story brings in all sorts of interesting elements: the radioactive ruins, the failed revolution, Sonya’s own childhood fears. At the end, Sonya knows the truth, and she doesn’t care. She has no further interest in her camera or any of her other stuff. She really is focused on the future now—not the past.

Con: For some reason, it didn’t seem that horrifying. The only actual tension in the story was during the fight between her old comrades from Maiden and the Ukrainian soldier. Also, because Klim had told her she’d have hallucinations that seemed real, I kept expecting her to wake up and find none of it was real.

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