Thursday, August 23, 2018

Survivors, by Sheila Finch

★★★☆☆ Average

(SFF) A veteran from the Afghan war wrestles with PTSD and contemplates suicide when a visitor offers him a cure if he’ll follow him to a cemetery to do a bit of work for him. (3,763 words; Time: 12m)

"Survivors," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: The cure seems to work; Jake is free of his burden at last. And, in some strange way, the man from the future atoned for something too.

Con: For most of the story, it seems like it’s going to be a ghost story of some kind, so it’s jarring when it turns into a time-travel tale instead.

It’s not clear why working in the cemetery fixed Jake’s problem nor what good it did Burke.

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