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2016 Story 16

Today's story comes from Ghost In The Cogs: Steam-Powered Ghost Stories, edited by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski


16. TIPPING POINT by Nayad Monroe.  A tight-paced and emotionally charged story.  Lucinda  Blake is a medium in the employ of a Traveling Spirit Menagerie -- a show that allows people to see the ghosts in captivity via special glasses. But the way she uses her power to entrap those spirits for the Menagerie debilitates her. Arriving early for a meeting with another haunted customer, Lucinda learns secrets she hadn't dreamed, and how she reacts can tip her life one way or the other. I was immediately intrigued by Lucinda's predicament, and also by the world that surrounds her; Monroe gives just enough detail there to fill in the edges around Lucinda and the other characters without over-burdening the story with extraneous detail.

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