5 of 5 stars.
This brilliant supernatural tale with the undertones of an urban legend manages to turn on itself 2 or 3 times. A full explanation of the uncanny is never granted, but conjecture runs deep: doppleganger(?), fae(?), demons(?).
In Bristol, Dverna can easily see that her husband Nick is bothered by a phone call he has just received. He confesses the full breadth of the conversation to his loving, understanding wife. A long-time acquaintance that he hasn’t seen in about 7 years, Lindsay, has called to say that she is 3 months pregnant–with his child. Lindsay claims it came from their dalliance at her parents house in Edinburgh during his July business trip. And, Nick was supposed to stay with Lindsay’s parents on said trip. Only, he had a summer flu and stayed back in Bristol with his doting wife nursing him back to health. Nick is certain that Lindsay believes what she is reporting.
Needing to clear things up, Nick heads to London the next week to meet with Lindsay who’s come to the city with her parents. They each get to share what they know of three months ago, seven years ago, and everything in between. This haunting story is highly recommended.
“Ghost Story” appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 edited by Rich Norton and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Interzone, March/April 2014.
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