Short Story Review: “My Friend Fishfinger by Daisy, Age 7” by David Tallerman

1 of 5 stars.

Filtered through the extremely young voice cited in the title, this “essay” purports to reflect the Lovecraft canon through the lens of innocence and naivete. But there’s no story here, however filtered–merely regurgitated Lovecraft, and only the easiest of targets at that: Innsmouth, fishiness, gills and Dagon. Nothing gets more than a mention and then a dismissal again as the young narrator is accused of daydreaming and imagining as kids do.

There is a hint that the adult male Innsmouth character acts untoward with the young narrator as he verges on predator. This welcome development falls flat in the execution as he overtly projects what he plans to do as if he were a Scooby Doo villain. Perhaps he is meant to be a sadist-psychopath, but the tale is not long enough to flesh that possibility out.

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through
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