Sunday, February 9, 2020

One Hand in the Coffin, by Justin C. Key

[Strange Horizons]

(Horror) A child struggles with the loss of his big brother and his feelings that maybe things are better without him—and maybe he’s not really gone. (9,765 words; Time: 32m)

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"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 01/20/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.071 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story generates a lot of tension, not least because we’re not sure if Corey is going to kill someone thinking he’s killing Michael’s ghost.

Beyond that, it paints a picture of what it might be like to be a young autistic kid in a family where your dad left—possibly because he couldn’t cope with two special-needs kids—and your teenage brother who used to torment you killed himself.

Con: It’s not clear what ultimately happened here. Did Michael’s ghost come back to stay? Did they “tame” it? Is it just a figment of Corey’s imagination?

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