Short Story Review: “Stone City, Old as Immeasurable Time” by Kelda Crich

3 of 5 stars.

Few things are truly universal, but love and loss transcend differences between cultures and even species. This modern tale mirrors the interactions between humans and gods of Greek myth in which mortal and immortal find common cause and like emotional ties to situations. Here, a morose sisterhood of motherhood arises as an Old God and a mourning woman find commonality in the loss of their children.

Elizabeth has traveled half the world to trek to a millennia-old desert temple. An Old God beckoned in Elizabeth’s dreams, promising a chance to undo the great wrong of child-death. But in dealing with gods, not all is as it always seems . . .

Left unresolved, this vignette serves as a mere teaser to multiple possible outcomes. The non-ending fails to satisfy as Elizabeth isn’t compromised making it all the stranger that her tale is.

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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