Monday, August 6, 2018

Every Good-bye Ain't Gone, by Eden Royce

[Strange Horizons]
★★★★☆ A very different kind of ghost story

(Horror) Mixie’s family makes food for the dead to get them to come back to answer questions for their loved ones. She’s surprised her ex-husband’s widow wants them to do this, though. (5,241 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Sheree Renée Thomas and Rasha Abdulhadi, Erin Roberts), appeared in issue 07/30/18, published on .

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Pro: The best part of the story is Mixie herself. I liked Mixie, and I was glad she earned a better deal for herself: Not just her share of the house but (I think) all of it.

Terrell gets justice, and he also gets his pecan pie. I liked it that Terell wasn’t really evil, and that Mixie had mixed feelings about divorcing him. It made the story feel much more authentic.

Nathalie gets her just desserts. I’ll admit I had not known that you could use Gatorade to fake a pregnancy test.

Con: There wasn’t a lot of tension in this story. At some points, it seemed to verge on the edge of humor, not horror.

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