Series: Stand Alone Short Story
Publisher: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (October 1, 2011)
Length: 12 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
Death at the Pass is a damn fun read. A short morsel of Michael Fletcher madness, which entertains, tantalizes, and leaves you wanting more.
“Somewhere there was a Necromancer. Of that there could be no doubt.”
Thus begins Khraen the Corpses return to life. His first tentative steps out of the grave a desperate attempt to ascertain who has given his skeletal remains life, where he is, when he is, and why. Why probably being the most important of these, because having been returned to life Khraen isn’t in a big hurry to jump back into the grave.
What I loved about Death at the Pass was the humanity of Khraen, our animated dead guy. Learning about his past, the world he once knew, and see him quickly accept his undead life, struggle to survive his current situation, and somehow, someway find a path to a future was really compelling. Not only entertaining but thought-provoking and emotional. Which surprised me given how short a period of time I spent with Khraen. But in just a few pages, the fate of this skeleton actually mattered to me. Great writing by Michael Fletcher, as always.
Will you love this short?
Yeah, I think you will. It is a quick paced, easy to digest delectable morsel of undead fun. Plus it can be read for free here.