Review: “I Can See Right Through You” by Kelly Link

2 of 5 stars.

Horror and sex are tossed around lightly in this ghost tale. Every character has a story to tell or an experience in their past in both categories culminating in nude ghost-story testimonials around a campfire. It doesn’t get any un-sexier than this.

Will is a washed-up actor more famous for a decades-old role as a vampire-lover and a more recent sex tape than any role he’s managed to land since his early-career one. His wives and lovers come and go in his mangled life, but his co-star from the vampire movie so long ago has remained in (and out of) his life. She now hosts a ghost-hunter reality show.

He joins her and the cast on the set in rural Florida where a colony of nudists disappeared 35 years ago. To lure the spirits (and ratings) the entire cast and crew spend the weekend naked trying to commune with the dead. Something supernatural is at play, but nobody can put their finger on it. . .

The tale flips back and forth through the time periods too quickly for comprehension, unless one wants to read the tale over a second time. The POV also flips into and out of the 2nd person. This makes the washed-up actor, the you whom the reader is trying to understand. It’s not helpful.

“I Can See Right Through You” appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 edited by Rich Norton and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in McSweeney’s 48.
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One response to “Review: “I Can See Right Through You” by Kelly Link

  1. Pingback: Short Story Review: “Secret Identity” by Kelly Link | Jaffalogue

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