Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Scrimshander, by Damien Krsteski

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Dystopia) In the middle of a plague, a man terrorizes the community with macabre carvings. (2,031 words; Time: 06m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 255, published on .

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Definition: A scrimshander (one who scrimshaws) is a sailor who passes the time on long voyages by whittling things from wood or bone.

Pro: The story makes the caricaturist and his daughter real enough that it hurts when she dies.
We know the Scrimshander was just a myth, so it’s suitably creepy that the caricaturist becomes the Scrimshander after his daughter dies.

Con: It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the city leaders don’t want any coverage of the plague, so the caricaturist’s gesture of fooling the paper into printing his cartoon seems like a futile one. Nor is it at all clear why the public would regard the Scrimshander as a hero not a monster.

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