Black Sunday by Kim Lakin-Smith

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Title: Black Sunday
Author: Kim Lakin-Smith
In: The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dieselpunk
Dates read: 7th February 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2015
5th sentence, 74th page: This is about one of ’em Negresses and her pantry of potions in Jos Splitz’s workshop!

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They just want to make a living for themselves. But it’s Black Sunday, and everything is about to go very, very wrong.


This is a really tragic short story. It is worrying and sad. And all about how peoples’ jealous and corruption can twist and corrupt something good. How jealousy can become a horrible curse which brings down a family of good people. Although I do enjoy how the ending makes those people who caused the harm actually feel guilty at the end of it all.

This did feel a little like a love story, a romance in which two people in the middle of nowhere found each other. It didn’t quite read like that though. There are a few moments where it was good. But mostly, it was just really sad and tragic. No happily ever after for this couple…

The mining theme and machinery in this story created a perfect backdrop for the tale. There is something so beautifully intriguing and rustic about it. Something that I didn’t want to stop picturing in my mind’s eye as the story unfolded. It was just beautiful.

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