Title: The Legend Trap
Author: Sean Williams
Genre: Horror, parallel worlds, science fiction
This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge. This story is also part of the crowdfunded anthology Kaleidoscope, that I helped fund.
As I have stated before, horror really isn’t my cup of tea. Not even this wage kind of horror that plays more with emotions than with the more classic horror. This is the same kind of horror as the one you find in Coraline.
I do not really like stories that leave me feeling like they are unresolved. I do not need every single end tied up in a neat bow to leave me happy, but the classic open end of horror stories just annoys me. I feel manipulated and toyed with.
The story did remind me of The Long Earth with the endless jumping from parallel Earth to parallel Earth. The concept of being stranded in a world not quite your own is a scary one to me. Not one I want to explore any more thank you very much – I got enough nightmares as it is.
Published: August 2014 by Twelfth Planet Press
Anthology: Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories
Read: 6. August, 2014
Length: Short story
The author: male, white, Australia
The protagonists: 3 teenagers, 2 girls and 1 boy.