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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Once a month, on a Sunday" by Ian McHugh

First appeared in Andromeda Spaceways.

I could be wrong, but I think Ian McHugh's going places.  His works have an uncommon potency and vibrancy.  This one revisits aboriginal mythology--that of the bunyip.  The family has a beloved friend, Baba, who advises them and appears to be a Muslim of his own branding, including wards and other spells to help protect the family.  The young narrator offers mice to the bunyip in exchange for a pale of water.  But happens if the lid is loose and the mice escape?

The melancholy low-horror tale seems to suggest that sadly Baba doesn't know everything he needs to know.

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