Short Story Review: “Afraid of Dobermans” by Chad Fifer

3 of 5 stars.

In Alanis Morissette’s “Isn’t It Ironic,” she cites a string ironies–that aren’t really ironies, but that’s another issue. Perhaps she should have summarized this short vignette of fiction realism which is all about the irony.

Mort, suburban husband and father of 2 daughters, fears Dobermans and wouldn’t mind his 15 minutes of fame. The two factoids converge when he’s interviewed for a TV documentary about dogs. Only, his bit gets cut much to his frustration. His neighbor, Carrie, makes the final film–talking about her fear of Dobermans. Mort, not the world’s most stable guy, wants to kill Carrie for this perceived slight. Literally.

He plans the most poetic payback–death by Doberman. His plan also entails overcoming his own fear of Dobermans in order to train the canine killer. And he does overcome his fear. And adopt a Doberman that proves loyal and exactly what his family needs. He adopts another. And becomes a noted Doberman trainer . . . with a show on TV and a book deal. Things could have gone so bad had he listened to the rage-voices in his head.

Meanwhile, Carrie moves away unnoticed. And does unspeakable things . . .

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through I’ve previously reviewed this author’s “The Baby Downstairs”.
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