Title: Immortal by Alex Burrett
Date Read: 28 June 2009
Available Online?: YES (as one of the stories posted by Harper Perennial on their website Fifty-Two Stories, which promises a new (or classic) short story from their collection, posted every week throughout 2009). For this review I read the story in the UK edition of Burrett’s My Goat Ate Its Own Legs published by Burning House.
Briefly: This is a story about a boy who encounters and befriends the Immortal, an ageless man who lives beneath the ruins of a homestead in a field close to his house. Written in a form that’s suggestive of a ghost story, Immortal turns out to be more warming than scary.
Afterthoughts: One thing you could never accuse Alex Burrett of, is having no imagination. All of the stories I’ve read of his are incredibly imaginative and this one is no exception. Inventive storyline. Great characters (especially Stuttering Eric). Totally entertaining!
Notable Quote: “The cottage in the North Field had been the Immortal’s home before he retreated to subterranean security. If he’d lived a normal lifespan, it would be in the same state of disrepair as the rest of the relics. For a while, he thought that if he kept himself to himself, he’d be able to carry on residing there. He did so, living in it well into his hundred and thirties.”
*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.