The WEIRD (44)
Real-Time Review continued from HERE.
The WEIRD: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
First published in Great Britain 2011 by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd.
3 Dec 11 – another 90 minutes later
Little Lambs – Stephen Graham Jones
“And when it’s not winter, it’s winter.”
A simple prose of laconic, slightly off-kilter charm about a man whose wife has many names and a daughter in a photograph. He is one of those on watch. This (another amazing discovery of a) story tells (hauntingly, night-wiringly reminiscent of the Bob Leman and Robert Barbour Johnson stories in ‘The WEIRD’) of a large building ‘structure’ on which a watch is needed to be kept, a vigil – however many lightning rods it has – i.e. a blueprint of a once prison (with its own cage-bars no doubt) that by wish-fulfilment of one prisoner (cf the Bixby story) has ceased to exist (killing the mind-perpetrator in mid-process with a falling part of the building!) except that, with this solid ghost structure, the watchers do their best to defeat any unexpected side-effects by means of the mimesis / chameleon powers of ‘The Weird’: constructing their own nearby rock-corridor fabrication (cf. an idealised ‘cage-gestalt’ of this book’s audit-trails or ley-lines, even string tags explicitly mentioned here). It even has the Steve Duffy ‘not caught on a recording’ ploy. And it holds my own dismay at this whole book soon finishing (what will I do with my time?): “Because he’s afraid of the structure ever getting complete?” Another wonderful story.
Concluded as The WEIRD (45) HERE.
Index of this whole real-time review HERE.