Widow's Point by Richard T. Chizmar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: WIDOW'S POINT by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar
An outstanding, "don't miss," novella, WIDOW'S POINT takes as its framework the classic haunting trope (cursed land/stones/region) and mutates it into a meditation on the nature of reality and the possible existence of a plane of metareality. In a truly Lovecraftian turn, the authors delineate an unreliable narrator (oh, very), whose stated desire to Know Truth eventually results in the descent into madness. This Lovecraftian trope of the Quest for Knowledge leading inevitably to insanity as the revelation of Cosmic Truth collapses the finite limits of the human capacity plays over and over in WIDOW'S POINT. We are driven to Discover, and in Discovering, Madness descends. So the reader, who is chilled to the bone, is left to inquire, "What, truly, is Real?"
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