It has been a little while since I wrote a short fiction review so I thought I would get back to that by reading a short story by Neil Barrett Jr. that is available from Biting Dog Press for free at Smashwords. This short story is entitled “A day at the fair.”
It is that special time of the year when the fair comes to town. Families come from all around to enjoy all that the fair has to offer. There is something here from everyone but that does not mean that everyone should sample all that the fair has to offer. Take, for instance, the patchwork men and their ability to speak to the dead. What the dead have to say, however, is not for everyone and could change one’s life forever.
“A day at the fair” is a short yet creepy story that sticks in the mind even after the last word is read. It only takes a couple minutes to read but it makes a lasting impression on the reader’s mind and that is what a good short story can do. The horror in the story is subtle but it is all too real and speaks to the doubts and questions that dwell in the minds of everyone. This is a story that shows how the doubts that plague us all can be even more terrifying than a monster that is set to destroy the world around it. While not a great story, “A day at the fair” is an effective tale and one that is well worth the short minutes that are needed to read the story.