Rachel Pollack. Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2012)

Effective contemporary fantasy/horror which minded me of Stephen King (at least the stories/novels of his I read way back in the day). The titular Jack Shade, a man with several names, and some skeletons rattling in his cupboard, is interrupted when about to win a card hand, as his calling card has been picked up, and there is a client who needs his help.

The juxtaposition of the world in which we live, and the world on the other side, is handled nicely in terms of getting between the two, and a dramatic encounter at the cusp of the two worlds, in a department store, is a memorably one. Having completed the story, all is revealed about Jack, in what feels like to be part of a novel.

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