Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Barrens, by Stephanie Feldman

★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) On the last night of winter, five teenagers drive to the Barrens trying to find an “Equinox Party,” even though they’ve all heard horrible tales of the things that haunt the old woods. (11,102 words; Time: 37m)

"The Barrens," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 05-06|18, published on by .

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Pro: The things that live in the Barrens get three sacrifices, and the two girls escape. Anna is healed, but Gabby may be cursed by whatever the flying head was. In the process, there’s a fair amount of tension and excitement.

Con: The killing all seems pointless, in terms of plotting, anyway. None of these kids particularly deserves to die (or survive, for that matter). That makes the ending a bit unsatisfying.

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