Monday, October 14, 2019

Under Their Wings, These Starving Ghosts, by Grace Yang


(Japanese Ghost Fantasy) A ghost of a boy tied to his village tries to find a place to stay and something to do. (3,523 words; Time: 11m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 288, published on .

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Review: 2019.589 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is a poignant story of a lost teenage ghost boy trying to figure out what to do when he’s only awake one day each year—on a day when everyone else hides inside. Only the Fox Witch talks to him, but even she seems irritated by him more than anything else.

Con: One expected a bit more from the ending of this tale. He finds his name, he finds his grave, and then he camps out there. Oh and we find that his death was pathetic. We feel sorry for his poor mother, but that’s it. No clue why he was different from the other ghosts nor whether finding his grave is actually going to fix anything.

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