Sunday, March 31, 2013
In The After, by John Gilstrap
My story in this issue of The Strand has been described as a tearjerker, which is enough to make me wonder if I'm going soft. My fondness for Mr. Gilstrap's nasty little tale restores my faith in my own essential wickedness.
Tony and Elly Emerson have just returned home after dropping their daughter off for her first year of college. They find their home invaded by a stranger who is after vengeance. It seems a mistake Tony had made many years before has come back home to roost. Some lives will be changed, and maybe a few ended, before the dust settles.
Tony felt himself breathing heavily again. "Oh, my God. You're insane."
Another laugh. "Hardly. I'm a teacher with a lesson plan."
Class is in session.