Witchcraft masquerades as science fiction in this disturbingly short urban fantasy tale. The prologue promises a lack of closure and delivers on that promise even though that merely serves to undermine the tale.
This is a tale you will only hear once. Then it will be gone in a flash of green light. Maybe all will be well after that. Maybe the story has a happy ending. Maybe there is nothing but darkness when the story ends.
The tale also fails to give perspective to the three characters. Nor backstory to ground the piece. What’s left is a kernel that almost mirrors a folktale, though folktales tend to resolve.
Rain creates three hideous wigs that are imbued with magic and science and technology. She and her 2 best friends don them and become greedy. Coco can get her boyfriend to do anything for her. Philo can get anyone to hand her money and then their life essence.
Rain, in an attempt to thwart her wig and the other two, creates a computer virus to undermine the wigs causing each of the women to disappear in a flash of green light. I’d write “spoiler alert,” but there’s no resolution to spoil, nor any more to this story.
This tale appears in Street Magicks edited by Paula Guran. I received this new anthology from Netgalley. The short story was originally published in Tor.com [02 November 2011]. I’ve previously reviewed this author’s “Tumaki”.
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