Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Falling Angel, by Albert E. Cowdrey


(Ghost Story) Roma and Butch go to Los Angeles to exorcise a ghost that’s haunting an old hotel that’s being converted to high-priced condos. (8,750 words; Time: 29m)

"Falling Angel," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.045 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story pretty much divides into three parts: In the first part, the psychic duo tries to determine what happened to Jean to make her haunt the old hotel. In the second, they attempt to free her spirit. And in the third, they reflect on what happened, setting up a possible sequel.

I liked it that the key to solving the problem was to recognize that Jean was a person needing their help, not a pest to exterminate.

Con: It’s all too easy. In a single reading, Roma learns exactly what happened to Jean, and in a single séance, they simply reason with Jean.

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