Title: Jenny Come to Play
Author: Terry Dowling
In: The Monstrous (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror
Dates read: 17th May 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: He told Angela to have one of the staff bring Ms. Haniver through at once.
Julia is in an institute after checking herself in. When her sister starts leaving her little gifts, her mysterious, dark past comes to life… and death.
So this story got super creepy super quick. Like super, super, extra uncomfortable creepy. From zero to one hundred in no time at all. Seriously not okay. Seriously uncomfortable. But really, really good and impossible to forget.
I find it very interesting (in a disturbing way) that conjoined twins tend to feature pretty heavily in the more uncomfortable stories. This one is just way, way creepier than most of the stories I’ve read that feature this sense of discomfort. So dramatically creepy that I’m still thinking about it long after I turned that final page… plus, there’s also a mental institution, which just adds another layer of discomfort…
I wouldn’t suggest reading this short story if you’re about to spend some time with twins. I have twin friends that I really like. I don’t necessarily want to hang out with them immediately after reading this… there was just a whole new level of creepy… with the maze and the twins and the hypnosis…