Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Bone-Stag Walks, by K.T. Bryski


(Horror) In mid-winter, a skeletal stag comes to the village begging for food, but it eats anyone foolish enough to talk to it. (3,379 words; Time: 11m)

"The Bone-Stag Walks," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 123, published on .

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Review: 2020.413 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The longer the story goes, the more terrible it gets. We learn more and more about just what happened to grandmother’s brother all those years ago.

Con: It’s unclear why the stag is transformed when Liese gives it some food. It seems that didn’t work for anyone else in the past. And is it a happy ending, or are we to believe that Liese and the Stag still go around eating people—they just do it in warmer weather?

It’s unfortunate that the horror of the stag is somewhat spoiled by the fact that it seems to be trying to quote from “The Fox in Socks,” by Dr. Seuss.

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