2 of 5 stars.
Disaster can strike anywhere and anyone. Survivors might ask Why there and to them and not here and to us? Sometimes, being a superstitious species, we seek supernatural answers as to why a tornado might destroy one farm and not its neighbor.
This tale dives into one such situation when an entire mountain town is snuffed out in one night. The narrator, living in the next village over, was too young to remember the incidence and the cause. As a teen, already the local mythos shrouds the event in mystery. Mostly, it’s not talked about.
The narrator grows up, however, obsessed with death. And, with the truth about the village that suffocated in a poison cloud released from an industrial accident. Her town was next in the wind path, and yet . . . and that’s where the mystery kicks in. Why them? Who were we to survive?
This interesting topic is worthy of exploring, but develops unevenly in this tale and jumps the shark with a college roommate that serves only one improbable purpose.
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 “Absolute Zero”, “Everything Dies, Baby”, “I Believe That We Will Win”, and “Only Unity Saves the Damned”.
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