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Short Stories 365/278 | N.S. Beranek

“Somewhere” by Blake Faraday from Glitterwolf: Issue four, 2013. Edited by Matt Cresswell.

The narrator of this next piece is lying in a pool of his own blood on a city sidewalk, the victim of a hate crime. His life flashes before his eyes, and so the story moves back and forth between the grisly now and the most important moments of a waning life.

Normally, I would find this almost too disturbing, but there’s a detached quality to the narration that imbues it with a kind of peace, despite the violence. It makes it bearable. Maybe it works too well? I expected to be in tears by the end of this, but I was not. Usually I despise it when stories end the way this one does, but I was okay with it. I was glad to have gotten to know this character, even this tiny bit.

The last piece of fiction in the magazine is “Persimmon, Teeth and Boys” by Steve Berman. I bought the issue in the first place because I wanted to read that story, but I’ve already reviewed it here (365/79), as part of his third collection of short stories, Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers.

And on that note….