Review: “In the House of the Hummingbirds” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

2 of 5 stars.

This tale is framed as a one-sided tape-recorded interview of a night watchman’s brush with the unexplained, a haunting, in a house of note in Mexico City. The House of the Hummingbirds is so named for its hummingbird relief that references the Aztec god of war and his historic depiction as a hummingbird. An ancient well in the courtyard of the house shares the hummingbird motif. The stone-capped well also creeps out the intellectually dull narrator.

When the narrator has to train a university student to cover weekend shifts, the trainee’s architectural interest in the well sends the unnamed narrator into a chest-thumping tizzy. Needless to say, the student won’t obey orders to leave the well alone . . .

Little is described in this tale which seemingly aims for Horror, but achieves Urban Legend of Implied Maybe-Something-Happened status before the interview is unceremoniously finished.

“In the House of the Hummingbirds” appears in New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird edited by Paula Guran after originally appearing in Lovecraft eZine, Issue #19, November 2012.
 
 
 
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