The Game of Magical Death by Doug Hornig

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Title: The Game of Magical Death
Author: Doug Hornig
In: The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic (Mike Ashley)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Technology
Dates read: 27th March 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 1987
5th sentence, 74th page: That was one thing his parents were good about.

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A gamer is sent a brand new game – the Game of Magical Death, but does he really know what he’s in for? This short story lets gaming, computers and dark magic to collide in ways that you just won’t anticipate.


I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with technology. I think it’s amazing, fantastic and great, but it also worries me more than a little. So it was kind of fun to read a short story that used this fear and ideas to create a more contemporary tale of dark fantasy and dark magic.

From the beginning of this tale, it is obvious that the computer game is more than expected. And you can kind of guess how some of it will go. But it isn’t until you get almost all of the way through this story that the twists and turns start to take hold. And then they kind of terrify you. After all, once he figures out just what is happening when he plays the game – he continues to do so. Which is so weird. And so many levels of just not okay…

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