Short Story Review: “The Thing With Onyx Eyes” by Stephen Brown

3 of 5 stars.

Belief is a powerful thing. It influences cultures, urban legends and folklore. And belief that something has power, gives that something power even if merely psychologically in the eye of the believer. This brief vignette explores the conundrum of belief, especially the indistinguishability of a powerful icon and an icon believed to be powerful. The concept is Edgar Allen Poe at his best . . .

. . . Less excitingly, the language is also Victorian Edgar Allen Poe with antiquated verb usage and non-standard delivery [for the past century at least]. In a one-act, one-man horror show, the narrator drives himself to the edge knowing that his cursed, deceased grandmother’s possessions are locked within his attic. One item in particular, an occult icon of a strange Lovecraftian god, has him on the brink of madness.

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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