Saturday, April 20, 2019

Mama Bruise, by Jonathan Carroll

★★★★☆ Deliciously Creepy

(Horror) A young couple has enough relationship troubles without a mischievous dog that appears to have telekinetic powers. But there seems to be a pattern to its mischief. (6,352 words; Time: 21m)

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Review: 2019.214 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part of the story is watching how the unnamed couple gradually draw closer together, and the more they understand the dog’s behavior, the closer they get.

The twist at the end comes as a surprise, and yet somehow it fits; it’s clear there had to be a cost to all of this.

Reading about the awful inlaws in this story made me very, very grateful that Eric and I have such good relations with our families. But I still laughed at the giant toad.

Con: Given just how toxic his parents are, I’m surprised the marriage lasted this long—particularly given that he was so utterly unsupportive of his wife.

The wife seemed to figure out the reincarnation angle a little too easily.

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