Story Title: ‘Celia and Harold’ by Patrick Whittaker
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Briefly: Stopping off in the small town of Midwick to make a train connection, the narrator having a couple of hours to spare, heads off to the local pub for a bite to eat. Sitting next to the only other man in the pub, the narrator is quickly warned to leave Midwick as soon as possible. It’s not long before he regrets not taking heed of such sound advice.
Afterthoughts: A surreal and nonsensical story this may be, but it’s a joy to read. It feels like a Kelly Link meets Blake Butler meets Alex Burrett kind of tale, and it’s just as entertaining. If I had to sum it up in two words then I’d to say ‘Medusa re-imagined’. Have I piqued your interest? I certainly hope so because this is a story that needs to be read and enjoyed, by all.
This story was read as part of a review of the Various Authors Anthology, Volume 1. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.