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Short Reviews of Short Stories [2]

“The Jekyll Island Horror” by Allen M. Steele (2009)

In “The Jekyll Island Horror,” the cover story of the January 2010 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, Allen M. Steele spends 90% of his time creating a fabulously detailed look at pre-World-War-II Jekyll Island, Georgia, and its Jekyll Island Club, the slowly declining wintertime getaway of the fabulously rich and occasionally famous. The story is told with a classic pulp mechanism, the mysterious manuscript passed along thirdhand by an eyewitness to the events.

The atmosphere is moody and evocative, the climax is rip-roaring, and the whole 16 pages make for an interesting an entertaining read.

Summary: Classic pulp fun in the pages of Asimov’s.

–John A. Magee


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