Monday, March 12, 2018

The Beast from Below, by William Ledbetter

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Mutant Monster Horror/Humor) In a 1950s small town, something is causing local animals to mutate into giant monsters. (4,044 words; Time: 13m)

"The Beast from Below," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: For my money, the best moment is when the giant armadillo licks Harry’s hand, and just when he thinks things are under control, it sees another grub and rushes past, almost crushing him against the wall, and he ends up riding the thing.

It was very nice to learn that the armadillo didn’t kill the Marston family after all.

Con: It’s sufficiently silly that there’s no tension whatsoever, and Harry’s a bit weak to be a satisfying protagonist.

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