Sunday, August 16, 2020

A Love Song for Herkinal as composed by Ashkernas amid the ruins of New Haven, by Chinelo Onwualu


(Future Fantasy) The Accident destroyed the whole Earth except for Africa, and brought a lot of supernatural things to life. Including the frosty tree spirits who’re haunting Ash and Herkinal’s hotel. (4,425 words; Time: 14m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 35, published on .

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Review: 2020.385 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The spirits are an annoyance, but the visitor who has come to abuse a young girl is a real problem.

The resolution nicely takes care of both problems, and even makes Herkinal more cheerful.

Con: There’s no protagonist here; Herkinal is too timid to oppose the man when he arrives, and she only confronts him at the end to steal money from him. The sprits and Habakuk do all the real work.

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