Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Stitch Beneath the Ice, by Ranylt Richildis

[Strange Horizons]

(Horror) During Prohibition, a coffin maker who often brings bodies over the frozen St. Lawrence river in the winter decides to earn some extra cash bringing a coffin full of liquor instead. (5,651 words; Time: 18m)

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

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Review: 2020.397 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The atmosphere is terrific. Even reading this in August, I find myself shivering with the man struggling across the ice in the bitter wind.

Con: The ending falls flat. We never do learn what those strange red logs across the ice were, but it’s hard to see how cutting them caused Canada to disappear.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Whatever they were, he seemed to have unstitched Canada from the US. Blog post from the author talks about the details coming from her own family history: https://ranylt.wordpress.com/2020/07/20/this-ones-personal/