31 Shots of Shock: #15 – ‘Cold to the Touch’ by Simon Strantzas

*Title: ‘Cold to the Touch’ by Simon Strantzas.
Date Read: 15 October 2010
Available Online?: NO (available in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 (Constable & Robinson))
Briefly: Deeply religious climatologist, Andrew Lauzon is sent to the Arctic to study a particular anomaly in temperature. Accompanied by a couple of Inuit guides, the focus of attention is on an ancient stone circle know by the local population as Okralruserk.
Afterthoughts: While this is a reasonable well written story which much inventiveness, I feel it could have been much more. Although the author sets up some interesting characters and an equally interesting scenario, I don’t feel that he explores things to such an extent that it does justice to the breadth and depth of the characters or the scenario that he has created. An OK story nonetheless, with a fairly memorable ending – one which is more enlightening than horrifying – one just can’t shake the feeling that this story could have been better had it been more fully developed upon.
Notable Quote: In the snow towered five black stone monuments of various heights arranged roughly in a circle almost twenty feet across. The tallest measured at least ten feet, and each was about three feet wide. Their surfaces were rough and uneven, yet covered in a swirling pattern of shallow grooves.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.

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