Title: Her Furry Face
Author: Leigh Kennedy
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Lust, Twisted romance
Dates read: 27th August 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Annie clung to Douglas’s legs, whimpering.
Douglas isn’t sure how he feels, but he knows that Annie is special. How special is yet to be seen. This is a short story that will make you incredibly uncomfortable.
There is a warning at the beginning of this story that says it will make you uncomfortable. An acknowledgement that it’s not quite what it should be. And it’s a warning worth listening to. The only reason that I gave this a good star rating was because the writing was so brilliant and enjoyable that I really didn’t realise how disturbed I felt until I had turned the final pages of this story. Actually, it took about half an hour to sink in how uncomfortable this story made me. And then I just sat there in stunned silence…
Some people truly don’t understand how to love what they have. In most circumstances this always comes across as refusing to settle and accept that there is love in their lives. In the circumstances under which this story was produced – it’s not such a trifling inability to accept the world. It is something far more disturbed and insidious. Which kind of highlights the horribleness of never accepting and embracing the love that you do have.
I recommend this story to almost anyone. Okay, it’s seriously disturbing and I really don’t know how I felt after I finished it. But the strength of the message and the talent in the writing is intense. It is beautiful and kind of makes you feel less horrible about what you’re reading. It’s definitely a story that you should pick up. Just one that you need to read with a warning…