Short Story Review: “Now We Are Nine” by Joel Enos

3 of 5 stars.

This is an absurdist little tale, that uses allegorical horrors to show the mental and psychological demise of a married couple. The horrors increase in number causing an ever-widening rift in the relationship.

Everything is going well in the relationship until a tentacled horror emerges from a dark spot on the wall. It screams an insatiable scream until they feed it their sleep. The loss of sleep erodes the peace of mind for the couple.

Then, a second horror emerges. This one feeds off of the emerging hysteria of the situation.

The third horror devours the oral history of the couple depriving them of coherent thought, words and history. The fourth eats their escapism and ability to not be completely present to the spectacle of their situation.

The fifth takes their health leaving behind scars and pain. The sixth and seventh are soon to follow . . .

This tale appears in Whispers of the Abyss 2: The Horrors That Were and Shall Be edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through  
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