Review: “The Mystery” by Peter Atkins

2 of 5 stars.

This quizzical vignette follows the narrator one afternoon as he explores a ghost hotspot in Liverpool. Spirits and scenes from the past century line the pathways of an old state house and grounds. While at first it’s unclear that the people met aren’t still living people, curiously the ghosts do not recognize the narrator as not being a ghost. The two worlds live one atop the other with little interaction.

Unfortunately, little is explored in the “lives” of the character ghosts before as is unraveled. The vignette falls short of providing a story.

This short story was included in the anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 edited by Paula Guran.
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