Siobhan Carroll, "Siolaigh" in Screams From the Dark, ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Publishing Group: 2022).

The folk atmosphere of the island community sets the stage for this ecological sea monster story. The moral compass just spins as the interconnected ecologies are such that "[e]ven our mercy brings death." The pessimism implied by the claim can only be rejected at the cost of ushering in futility. This is a horror story!

Oudemans, A. C. / Wikimedia Commons


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