Fever Girls

 

Linda Niehoff, "Fever Girls" in Weird Horror, Issue 4, Spring 2022, Undertow Publications.


Having recently come under the influence of Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” (2022) and Sebastián Lelio’s “The Wonder” (2022), I couldn’t help but see this weird story as a reflection on another perverse, deep-seated, paradoxical aspect of human beings (see Ligotti): we so much want something more out of our lives that we will kill ourselves to get it. To seek out sickness to feel better, to die in order to live. And the horrific cherry-on-top that Niehoff delivers here: in the end, it is even worse than all that and nothing at all what we expected. This one is worth digging into!  


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