The Forest Has No Immediate Plans to Kill You

Artwork by Dan Rempel

Rex Burrows, "The Forest Has No Immediate Plans to Kill You" in Weird Horror, Issue 3, Fall 2021, Undertow Publications.

Both fun and horrifying, the story works well on different levels. I particularly like the questions that it raises once it sits with you for a while. 

That we actually fear something else becoming like us—doing things that we would do—that is a horrifying commentary on consciousness and self-awareness. And then it gets worse; the forest pulls another trick from our own book: it rationalizes its actions to its victims.


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