Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Blood Is Another Word for Hunger, by Rivers Solomon


(Folk Tale) When her master dies in the American Civil War, a teen-age slave girl murders the rest of his family to gain her freedom, but she unwittingly opens a door to the spirit world, and she has to deal with the thing that comes through. (6,968 words; Time: 23m)

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Review: 2019.415 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is really the story of Sully’s redemption. No matter how bad her masters were, she has blood on her hands, and with each additional murder, her burden gets heavier.

Only Sully is so consumed by anger, and only Sully sees more and more murders as the solution to all their problems. Still unsatisfied and unhappy, she deals with that problem as with all others, and she murders herself.

Only after her resurrection does she finally see what all the others see: how beautiful the world is.

Con: It’s awfully bloodthirsty.

As soon as the dead women stopped showing up for church on Sunday, someone would have come to check on them—if not sooner.

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