Title: Chasing Sunset
Author: A.C. Wise
In: The Monstrous (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Horror
Dates read: 24th May 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: “…where he makes us go when we’re bad.”
He doesn’t want to be like his father. So he runs. And runs. And runs. But is he running from the horrors, or into a trap?
Running from the past is a pretty common theme in stories. But when that past involves your father and the idea that you too, will turn into a monster? That is a pretty creepy story line.
Whilst reading this short story, I did get kind of pulled in. And swept away. But it was not the kind of story that I was completely obsessed with. Not the sort of story that I strongly remember after I turn that final page.
I did like the ending though. Taking place on a cliffside and ending the thing that has tortured you. There is a sense of completion that is not always around in the short stories that fill The Monstrous collection.