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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"The Hanging Gardener" by Ryan Harvey

Plasma Frequencies

Hunt this one down--especially if you like exotic flavored horror.

In Babylon's Hanging Gardens are many strange plants cultivated by Seluku, "The Hanging Gardener" who has created them.  The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, easily rages against magicians, so he packs the troublemakers off on a not-so-tranquil walk among the gardens:
"The sight of this forest climbing in tiers from the edge of the Euphrates.... [M]any had entered the gardens, and never returned."
 Nebuchadnezzar hands over a Canaanite priest, who initially appears old.  Though he pities the old priest in tattered clothes, Seluku plans on the most painful deaths.  On second glance, maybe Katuwas isn't so old?  Katuwas gives a final warning, but who could believe anyone so doddered and frail?

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