Short Story Review: “I Do Not Count the Hours” by Michael Wehunt

3 of 5 stars.

The dissolution of a major relationship or a loss often warps one’s short-term, psychological perception of the world. Likewise, a major psychological blow can adversely affect one’s relationships. Both of these truisms come to fruition as Ada and Luke’s marriage ends with little notice.

After 6 years together, Ada is left in shock after Luke acts cagey for a couple days then declares the end of their marriage. He leaves and stays gone for over 4 weeks as Ada deals with the quiet and loneliness and strange shadows and noises of their house. Ada’s life has been an insular one with Luke as her entire world. Orphaned at 3 y.o., her Gram took her in, never sending her to school or socializing her in any way beyond their small church. Ada then met Luke mere months after Gram passed away.

Without a job, or a firm grasp on how the world works, Ada digs into evidence in the form of film footage left behind in Luke’s home office. The “found” footage proves sufficiently cult-ish opening new questions into where Luke has gone. Shadows and neighbors also start to act strangely in Ada’s peripheral vision . . .

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.
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