Sunday, March 10, 2019

Where Gods Dance, by Ben Serna-Grey

★★★★☆ Sticks with You

(Horror) A grieving father tries to recreate the son he lost. (1,247 words; Time: 04m)

"Where Gods Dance," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 118, published on .

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Review: 2019.170 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: He tries remaking his son from things the boy had loved or been close to, mixing in some of his own memories and emotions about the child.

  • Glass with nostalgia and love and memories of gentleness.
  • Toys with guilt and memories of neglect.
  • The dog with nostalgia.
  • Sand with memories of summer and feelings of fatherhood and the urge to nurture.
  • Clothing with memories of fall and feelings of longing and comfort.
  • The boy's own dead body with guilt and unknown memories.
  • His own body with nothing. 

The results are all elements of what makes a child (good and bad), but none is complete, and none lasts. Worst of all, apparently these memories were sacrifices; at the end he has nothing left.

Con: It's good enough for what it is, but it's so self-contained that we learn little or nothing about the man, his son, or the world they live in. It seems to be making a larger statement about what you lose if you don't cope with loss, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

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