Sunday, July 14, 2019

Big Box, by Greg Van Eekhout


(Shopping Horror) The narrator goes into a “big box” store that appeared overnight where they sell magical goods that exact a price. (1,348 words; Time: 04m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 29, published on .

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Review: 2019.394 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story reads more like a nightmare than anything else, but it’s rich with allusions to other stories. Two that I spotted were the watch that can stop time, which featured in "That Hell-Bound Train" (Robert Bloch; The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; September 1958) which won the 1959 Hugo for Best Short Story, and, of course, the famous monkey’s paw. I particularly loved the “Comes with Free Wish” on the box.

Con: It’s a nice setup, but the ending is a bit disappointing. I gather the protagonist stays in line until he dies, unable to turn these things down.

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