John Langan. The Revel. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/Aug 2010)

An intelligent piece of metafiction, an antidote to the current crop of forumalaic horror/vampire/zombie fiction/television.

Langan provides an overview of a multi-persective werewolf horror story, breaking the fourth wall wide open, as he detailing the whys and wherefores of the characters in the story. The narrative moves along smoothly, detailing the headlong flight for survival through the woods, as all stories must start; critiquing that narratives, providing the background to the characters; referencing external influences, such as Robert Frost; and including the reader as a participant observer in the story.

Langan’s providing the reader with several really clever stories in F&SF over the past decade. Click his name in the tags listing above to retrieve them.

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