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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Candy Store by Heather McDougal

Writers of the Future XXV

In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Stephen King, comes this tale of a small gold-rush town that’s been leaking inhabitants since the gold and the rushing have slowed down. A candy store appears on the main street, making no promises but offering customers spells: Revenge, Love, Riches, etc. This bothered the sheriff initially but decided that he couldn’t stop them offering spells. Yet people start dying; a man shoots another out of jealous; a too-young girl wanting love has to fight off men’s advances. The sheriff decides something has to be done, but he’ll need some help from someone who isn’t quite what she seems.

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