John Shirley. The Kindest Man in Stormland. (Interzone #249, Nov-Dec 2013)

interzone249Stormland being the coast of the US a couple of decades hence, where climate change has created a near-permanent storm front, which has devastated the coast and Charleston in particular.

Webb is heading into the ruined city, storms crashing all around, searching for a serial killer. Shirley creates a series of believable characters, all described visually, and the setting itself comes across strongly, as Shirley pokes into the corners of society that ruination has created. There’s a twist in the tale at the end, in a story that resonated as I’m 7/8ths the way through True Detective at the moment.

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