Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Husker, by Jessica P. Wick

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[Strange Horizons]

(Horror ) A young farm couple wake up together on a cold morning and the woman explains to the man what a husker night is. (907 words; Time: 03m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 06/01/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.318 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a proper horror piece, which gradually make clear what really happened last night.

One of the strongest clues is the way the wife’s responses to her husband are a little off, such as calling him “meat” instead of “honey.”

Perhaps the ultimate horror is that, even at the end, he doesn’t realize his wife is gone and he’s sleeping with a monster.

Con: I was pretty sure I knew what had happened about 1/3 of the way in when he mentioned that she’d gone out in the night.

It’s so short that you don’t really develop any feelings for the characters.

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