The Best Horror Of The Year Volume Eleven edited by Ellen Datlow, part 2
Doesn't contribute much of anything positive to the world.
The Donner Party
A very good and horrific tale of a social climber whose commitment to the warped social order and their set of values is for life. The moral and social compass of the society and the 'heroine' is broken. One feels repugnance for this unsavoury world.
“Divinely ordained social order.”
“Not entirely unwelcome.”
“Found herself abandoned in turn.”
There is no positive behaviour, only people escalating in cruelty. This was of no great distinction.
A take on 'Peter Pan' and the homicidal rage of a god. This was grimly familiar. There are no persuasive reasons to care.
Thin Cold Hands
By Gemma Files. A woman suspects her daughter for whom she has no pure, trusting love. This has no chaotic glory or incipient menance. The woman has utter contempt for her child in this entirely unrealistic tale.
“How everything I did, everything I was allowed to do, was only ever at someone esle's sufferance.”
A Tiny Mirror
Excellent, creepy and short.
“As if I had anywhere to run away to.”