Monday, July 30, 2018

Old No-Eyes, by Christopher Mahon

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★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) Yute waits in a tea house to meet his old rival, the one who got him expelled from school 100 years ago, who now needs his help. (6,068 words; Time: 20m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 257, published on .

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Pro: It’s clear from the start that Yute intends to get revenge on Tenza. The only question is how he’s going to do it. In the meantime, we get some idea of the different sort of tricks people have used to try to extend their lives. By the time Yute reports how only the body can live on, that the mind will inevitably decay, we’re pretty convinced that even the body doesn’t fare well.

Yute does get his revenge, but he finds it unsatisfying, and goes on his way.

Con: It’s pretty gross. Beyond that, Yute’s revenge isn’t very elaborate. He leaves Tenza dead and naked as though he were merely robbed, and his death is relatively quick. What was the point?

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