Again I break with my own rules in order to bring to your attention a short story I read this week. Frankly, I can’t wait until I get to the October entry to talk about it because this is a story that made me Feel Stuff.
Specifically, the Stuff it made me Feel is ‘creeping horror’. It scared the shit out of me, so you may want to take that as a bit of a cautionary note before reading on.
Okay, so the story is called ‘each thing i show you is a piece of my death‘ by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer (or vice versa, depending on where you read it). And yes, the title is all lower case. Someone I follow on Twitter (it might have been Alex Dally MacFarlane, I think) posted a link to it and gave it a rave review. So I followed the link and I read it on the web at the Apex Magazine website, where you too can read it for free.
What I discovered almost immediately after I finished it (and stopped blinking rapidly and feeling a bit unwell) is that it’s also reprinted in Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness. Which happens to be the book I’m reading on my Kindle at the moment. And this story happened to be the very next story I would have read had I not put down the Kindle to browse Twitter.
Or not. Whatever. I thought it was creepy, when I realised what had happened, but then again I’d also just read the creepiest damn story I’ve seen in a while. So I was probably in a highly suggestible state or nuts. Make your own call on that.
Anyway, all I will say about the story is that
(a) it’s a collection of transcripts and file notes, making this the short story equivalent of a ‘found footage’ movie (but, you know, better than that) and
(b) if you *really* didn’t like that fly moving around in the paused film in The Ring you should stay the hell away from ‘each thing i show you~’ Also maybe avoid it if if anything else about The Ring upset you, but the fly thing would be a definite warning sign.
I will add, for anyone still in some doubt, that this is a great story to read late at night when you are alone and maybe just a bit tired. It could be that I’m wrong – certainly it’s too late for me to make a less foolish choice in that regard. ‘each thing i show you~’ has put both Files and Barringer on my must-read-when-I’m-up-for-some-horror list. If you have a list like that one, you could certainly do worse than check this story out.