Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Witch Speaks, by Rati Mehrotra


(Horror) A woman who can see ghosts and foresee the future talks with the ghost of her long-dead lover. (2,572 words; Time: 08m)

"The Witch Speaks," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 119, published on .

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Review: 2020.207 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s very sad, especially if you consider her an unreliable narrator, so what we’re really reading about is her suicide. We eventually learn what happened to him, and we get an idea of what’s happening to her too.

Con: If you consider her an unreliable narrator, then then ending really is a description of her suicide—the only way for her to be with him again. But if she’s that unreliable, then there’s no need to consider the story fantasy at all.

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