Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bargains by the Slant-Light, by Cassandra Khaw

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) Every night she meets the devil to work another deal, despite the accumulating cost. (1,045 words; Time: 03m)

"Bargains by the Slant-Light," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 113, published on .

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Review: 2018.549 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Apparently her love is too intense, so her deal with the devil involves him deadening her to the pain that often comes with love.

From the ending, it appears that the lacerations of her flesh aren’t the devil’s previous work but rather are wounds inflicted by love. The devil merely reopened the wounds following the lines in her flesh.

Con: The opening is so grisly and graphic that I really didn’t enjoy the rest of the story at all. I simply couldn’t get that image out of my mind.

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