Friday, December 14, 2018

How Pleasant the Red Bloom, by Lucy Harlow

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy Horror) In which we read the writings of a former innate in this cell and gradually get an idea of what really goes on in this prison. (1,519 words; Time: 05m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 12/10/18, published on .

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Review: 2018.696 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Well, it seems clear enough that the inmate gradually went crazy after years of abuse by the mysterious diviners and after his/her escape attempt failed.

Con: It’s awfully confusing for no apparent purpose. We never learn enough to care about the narrator nor to get any real idea of what’s happening or why.

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