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Large Subject Short Story
on October 13, 2012
To blame Stephen King when the body count goes through the roof seems like a nice little nod to the master. In his (too) short story I Blame Stephen King, Jason Finnerty lets his shuddering first person narrative try this lame excuse for causing the ultimate disaster. Like what happened in King's The Stand.
Starting with a true, greyblooded fascist idea of how to make a better world through Armageddon, the protégé gathers a small sect of devoted lunatics - only oh so goodhearted. They administer the poison and things go just too well. Finnerty seems quite intrigued by people making baaad decisions. So his ambition settles for just presenting this idea, like something you say at a dining table.
On a large subject like this, this unusually short short story doesn't deliver. It presents the idea but lacks characterization and means of identification. The subject matter is simply too overwhelming. Next time - a novel, perhaps?
And yet, the story lingers in my mind weeks after having read it. So that means it must be somewhat OK, doesn't it?