Thursday, July 16, 2020

Last Orders in the Green Lane, by Stephen O'Donnell

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[Strange Horizons]

(Horror) A group of faming families gathers to make their last stand against an attack they know is coming. (978 words; Time: 03m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 07/06/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.371 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s got plenty of atmosphere. It’s very short, but as it unrolls, the tension gradually gets higher and higher as we wonder what the heck is coming. At first, I thought it was just someone coming to repossess their farms, but when the city lights go out, we know it’s something much worse.

Con: But we never find out if it’s aliens or monsters. But for the last paragraph, the whole thing could be mainstream.

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