Monday, July 31, 2017
Publish or Perish, by Kevin Z. Garvey
Every twist ending is a surprise. Not every surprise ending is a twist.
Stories written in second person are not everyone's cup of espresso, double tall skinny. This one works pretty well for me.
The main character ("You," obviously) has just kidnapped the editor of a mystery magazine. You are a frustrated unpublished author. Frustrated to the point that you are convinced that there is a conspiracy against you. How else is it possible to explain that no magazines will accept your utterly brilliant stories?
You are determined to get to the bottom of the puzzle, even if you have to do nasty things to the editor. What's your long-range plan, though? Well, that's a bit of a mystery.
This story won the prize for the week because of the ending which surprised me, but (see first paragraph) was not a twist. Nothing wrong with that, of course.