Short Story Review: “The Scavenger’s Nursery” by Maria Dahvana Headley

1 of 5 stars.

Environmental disasters loom and bloom all over the world as a human byproduct. A sea of plastic churns in the Pacific. Landfills overflow. Smog engulfs urban centers. Once one of these disasters is allowed to fester, it begets further disasters.

This series of plotless vignettes allegorically has a variety of environmental disasters literally spawn trash and smog monsters that move and grow. Without a plot, many of the vignettes are snapshots without context as a mere outline to an eventual story. A few string together around single human characters that interact with the emergent monsters. But even here, the tale lacks character development or motivation.

A tale could be made with a focus on one or two such monsters and then developed.

This tale appears in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 edited by Paula Guran, I received directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s “Who is Your Executioner?”.




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