Margo Lanagan. Ferryman. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four)

Originally in : Firebirds Soaring.

An achingly affecting story, taking the mythological ferry across the Styx as its setting, with the young daughter of the ferryman very much doting on him. There’s some lovely ‘strilian touches (‘ugly as a sackful of bumholes’), but the raw emotion when ..spoiler.. the ferryman makes a mistake and has to take that journey across the river himself, is handled beautifully.

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