Placed into Abyss (Mise en Abyse): A Tor.com Original by Rachel Swirsky
My rating: 3/5 cats
Chris rubbed his cold arms as he stared down the hallway. His skin felt stretched and thin. He felt like a spaghetti strand being pulled apart. He wanted to step backwards. Maybe sit in the rocking chair next to Jim. Maybe go back into the garage and hunch in a corner.
this is one of the better stories i’ve read about trauma and abuse, immediacy and aftermath, but i was really hoping for a spooooky short for spooktober and this was barely even genre; flashbacks as ‘time travel.’ horror, yes, but not fun halloween horror, just ‘people are terrible’ horror.
on a related note, when are the spoiler alert people gonna battle the trigger warning people? lemme know where that flagpole is, and i’ll be there with popcorn, watching the people who don’t wanna know and the people who don’t wanna not know duke it out and i’ll yell at whoever’s left standing for ruining reading experiences for the rest of us.
least helpful ‘review’ i’ve ever done, but i got deadlines!
read it for yourself here: