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Short Stories 365/280 | N.S. Beranek

“The Man in the Mirror” by Jameson Currier, from the inaugural issue of Icarus, Summer 2009. Edited by Steve Berman.

No surprise here – I really, really liked this story. I’ve liked everything I’ve read by this author. (See Short Stories 365/22, 43, and 142.)

As with the characters in those other stories, Adrian Chase has been around the block a few times. He’s an accomplished actor—a former A-lister—now scrounging just to stay afloat in a culture that prizes youth. Age and experience make him fascinating, but he lives in a place where no one gives a damn about that. Well, almost no one. Glenn the makeup guy cares. He’s heard stories about the old days, and wonders if what he’s heard is true. The thing is, Adrian hasn’t always made the most honorable decisions. He’s been selfish, even cowardly. His actions hurt people, in some cases very badly, and we’re witnesses to the moment when those bad decisions, literally, come back to haunt him.