Short Story Review: “Henry” by Lance Axt

4 of 5 stars.

This enjoyable short tale feels like a lilting voice-over at the beginning of a fairytale or children’s right-of-passage tale as it opens with young, friendless Henry eating his tunafish sandwich alone from the middle of the seesaw as the rest of the boys roughhouse on the monkey bars. Ostracism always makes for an empathetic ear as most people can relate to feeling left out or bullied.

Things take a darker turn, however, with Henry. As his world narrows to his imagination and the worlds of the sci-fi tales he reads, he finds himself visited in the night by a “Great One” popping out of a dusty journal, like a genie out of bottle. Beware what one wishes. Beware what the metaphoric genie offers …

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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