Katharine E.K. Duckett. The Mortuaries. (Interzone #252, May-June 2014)

interzone252The world has gone to pot, and with little future, the fashion is for the departed to be plastinated and displayed in life-like poses and settings in a mammoth mortuary, where relatives of the deceased come to view them.

Young Tem lives in a crowded apartment with his extended family, and when his father dies, his mother’s decision as to what to do with the body leads to family breakup, and he seeks solace, and finds friendship in an altogether darker mortuary. Strange and unsettling…

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