I probably won’t be seeking this author out, which is a relief to my wallet. Already bought two books, thanks to the Deal Me In short story reading challenge. As if I needed more books.
ANYWAY, this week’s story was Friday’s Daily Science Fiction offering, The Ones Who Chose the Rain by George Edwards Murray.
George Edwards Murray lives in a dark hole in New England, from which he occasionally flings strange and troubling stories. His fiction has recently appeared in Unnerving Magazine and is forthcoming in the anthology Apostles of the Weird. He has his MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program, and he likes to yell at movies.
You can find more of his work at elegantapocalypse.com.
And welcome to it.
Not that he’s a bad writer — He writes beautifully. But he writes horror, and I don’t read much horror. He also promises to add multimedia to his website, and multimedia horror I WAY don’t need.
“The Ones Who Chose the Rain” is one of those stories in which an outsider comes into a hideous situation of long standing, stops the Bad Thing, and is destroyed by the sufferers for ending the Bad Thing. Because we become accustomed to an oppression, are proud of our ability to survive it, feel lost without it, blah blah blah. Well-written, and with much left unsaid (in a good way), but not (to me) worth the repetition of the archetype. Your mileage may vary.
I do commend his style, though. No complaints, there.
A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Write about rain.