Beneath a Pale Sky
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The stories tend to be disturbing and sometimes ambiguous, with real-world horror mingling with supernatural.
"Harvest" features a rural community where a girl befriends a boy who has some kind of power over the elements; he loves her but she's frightened by this power, leading to a wildly dramatic confrontation on the day of her wedding to someone else. (In that one I did wonder if the tornado was perhaps due to the anger of the boy's nature-spirit side - perhaps he was born of the powers of wind and water on one side?)
"The Wheel" is about an ordinary-seeming date - a young woman and her young man visit the seaside amusement park, only to fall foul of different factors that contribute to epic tragedy. (This one has a disturbing conclusion suggesting all sorts of erie possibilities, but it's the mundane terror of being trapped on a damaged amusement park ride that's surrounded by flames that really hits home.)
In "Fragile Dreams" a man goes on a job interview and gets caught up in an earthquake, where his struggles to survive deep in the wreckage alternate with flashbacks to falling in love with the woman he'd marry - and a conclusion that sits somewhere between dream and nightmare.
And there's more - a man beset by an alien creature unearthed from a meteorite, a girl who's moved to a new town only to find that there's a very special local delicacy that she really can't (or isn't allowed to) resist... Oh, and the lad whose best friend growing up is none other than Death himself - in a story that turns out to be one of the sweeter ones in the collection.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left this book in this new-to-me Little Free Library on this grey day; hope someone enjoys it!
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*** Released for the 2021 e-less challenge. ***