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Short Stories 365/12 | N.S. Beranek

“The Kid” by Steve Scott, Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer Mojo).

The titular character of this piece is being interviewed about his role in a tragic recent event. Very quickly, it becomes apparent that he is a sociopath, and this is going to be a difficult read.

No two ways about it, I do not like the protagonist, I hate what he has done, and I’m not much interested in knowing why he’s done it. I feel about this piece the way I do about Poppy Z. Brite’s* later horror stories. Just because you are capable of taking me to this place doesn’t mean I wanted to go there.

*He’s changed his name to Billy Martin, but I believe it is appropriate, when speaking about work published under a person’s former legal name, to continue to use that attribution.