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Short Stories 365/37 | N.S. Beranek

“Finn’s Night” from Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman, (Lethe Press, 2001).

It’s breathtaking to re-visit this collection of stories and realize that what faulty memory ascribed to a whole host of authors, in reality sprang from the mind of just one man.

This whimsical tale re-imagines Huck Finn as the companion of a con man living aboard a riverboat. I didn’t realize that’s what it was until Huck introduced himself, and then I wasn’t sure I would like a story that tweaked a classic, but I did. The other characters are as engaging as Huck, as is the situation they are all in, and it feels as if it could actually be a lost section of the original work.