Friday, July 12, 2019

Sand Castles, by Adam-Troy Castro

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) Lauren visits a giant sand castle on the beach and thinks she sees something moving inside it. (8,258 words; Time: 27m)

"Sand Castles," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 110, published on .

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Review: 2019.403 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Laruen’s a tired, bitter, alcoholic, who’s managed to drive away everyone who ever cared about her. She’s wrecked everything else in her life, so it’s no surprise she ends up wrecking the sand castle.

When she broke out of the castle, I fully expected her to end up in a different world, so that didn’t take me by surprise, but I have the say the best part of the story was the description of Lauren’s flight across the country of the sand people.

Ultimately she ends up in more or less the same role as she had in our world. Marginalized by society, destructive of anyone who tries to get near her, and simply waiting to die.

Con: Lauren is such an unpleasant person it’s hard to care what happens to her. Even so, it’s a bit of a surprise she never tried to go out the way she came in.

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