3 of 5 stars.
Fictional found poetry emerges from the assembled notes and dark musings found on a dead scientist that studied fungus. The notes are work-appropriate on tissues and organs of fungus but the darker musings pull from the recent loss of a loved one and role of fungus as the decomposer and renewer of the other kingdoms of life.
The innocuous spore proves sinister. The subterranean fungal filaments network into an impenetrable force. Life and death and life renewed and death confirmed all take added meaning.
“Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist” appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015 edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Shimmer #18.
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