Monday, January 14, 2019

The Willows, by Delilah S. Dawson

★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) A songwriter and her boyfriend seclude themselves at his old family cabin back in the woods to work on a new album. But in the isolation, she has trouble getting work done, and reality itself seems a little off. (8,093 words; Time: 26m)

"The Willows," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 26, published on .

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Review: 2019.067 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I loved the passages describing April’s life in the farm house. The story does a good job of gradually turning up the tension with copious references to things being cut and to things being blood-colored. It’s obvious that something is wrong with O’Leary, but that doesn’t become clear for quite a while.

Con: It’s too slow, and the ending comes out of nowhere. Why is the real O’Leary even still alive? Who put him in the mausoleum and why? Did April really fix everything so easily?

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