Holly Phillips. The Small Door. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 3)

Originally in : Fantasy Magazine, May 2008.

A teenage girl, and her chronically/terminally sick twin, worry about what is going on in the garden that backs onto theirs. The old guys has a number of sheds, and he keeps animals in there. But what does he do with them? Sal attempts to find out, and with her sister rushed off to hospital emergency, goes against all advice and not only goes into the old guy’s garden, but follows him into his house, and into his cellar, and along a corridor that leads to … something magical. But not magical enough. Classy writing.

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