Short Story Review: “Suck It Up, Get It Done” by Brandon Barrows

3 of 5 stars.

Every monster-hunter, urban fantasy needs a good origin story as to 1) how the protagonist found out about the existence of monsters and 2) how s/he signed on for the protracted battle from the singular run-in. This is that story very concisely written, and yet worthy of its sub-genre. The tale would work as the pre-scene for an episode of Supernatural as it rolls out not unlike the opening chapters of Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters or Monster Hunter International. Unfortunately, it’s currently confined to just that first introductory scene. But maybe a longer series will emerge from this kernel.

Like an episode of Dirty Jobs, the nameless narrator finds himself in the labyrinthine tunnels beneath Boston’s North End hammering away at an old brick wall which blocks his access to a clogged pipe.

I know what you’re thinking “the sewer? Sick!” but it’s not that bad–especially considering my prospects were pretty limited. I’m twenty-two so you’d think I’d have options, right? But all I got’s a GED and a pregnant girlfriend and this is a good job. It’s union and pays well–just gotta suck it up and get it done.

In one quick set-up, the tale gives the speaker motive and opportunity paving the way for–one can hope–more.

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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