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Thursday, December 12, 2013

"A Cavern of Redbrick" by Richard Gavin

Appears in Shadows and Tall Trees (editor Michael Kelly).

Playing by the gravel pit, a young boy encounters a blonde girl... who's dead, hair full of ice--a ghost who challenges his being there.  The boy talks with his grandparents who poo-poo the idea, but then the grandfather goes into a shed with a freezer.  When the grandfather's caught, he explains that some jinn are fire and need to be frozen....

This appears to be an ambiguous tale if leaning toward a slightly realistic interpretation.  Some highlights of writing and emotional tone raise this above most stories.

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