Short Story Review: “Legacy of Salt” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

3 of 5 stars.

Notions of tradition and family obligations lie contrary to many aspects of the mobile modern life. Especially when the traditions and family obligations seemingly are rooted in superstition and folklore.

14 years ago, young Eduardo left Mayan Yucatan behind for a boys school in Mexico City. Now the young man returns to pay respects to a dying relative, but his life is decidedly urban. He’s engaged and has a white collar job in the capital. Family tradition would put him in charge of the family after his uncle passes, but that would accompany marrying his cousin rather than his fiance.

Tied to his denial of his family, is Eduardo’s denial of their ancient pre-Mayan beliefs that has led generations of his ancestors to sacrifice themselves to the rain god and mysteries at the bottom of a Yucatan cenote. This ritual is rife with Lovecraftian implications.

This tale appears in the New Lovecraftian anthology, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran. I received my copy of the anthology directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s “In the House of the Hummingbirds” and “The Sea, Like Glass Unbroken”.
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