Scarecrow



➿ Scarecrow Free ➶ Author Alyssa Wong – E17streets4all.co.uk Tor is honored to reprint Scarecrow, a horror short story by Alyssa Wong Originally published in Black Static September , Scarecrow has never before been available to read online Please enjoy this h Tor is honored to reprint Scarecrow, a horror short story by Alyssa Wong originally published in Black StaticSeptember, Scarecrow has never before been available to read online Please enjoy this horrific tale of tragic love and corvid loss This story contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting.Scarecrow

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows She was a finalist for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her story, Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor, among others.

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  • ebook
  • 32 pages
  • Scarecrow
  • Alyssa Wong
  • English
  • 10 March 2019

10 thoughts on “Scarecrow

  1. says:

    It s happening to all of us, Brett yells, barely audible over the howling crowd So you can come and help us sort this shit out, see if we can stop it, or you can keep turning into a fucking bird alone so i guess every tor short is written in second person now or i just have a homing device trained on the ones that are, because isn t it statistically improbable to have read something like four in a row written in second person it makes me want to rebel no, ma am, i do NOT wake screamingIt s happening to all of us, Brett yells, barely audible over the howling crowd So you can come and help us sort this shit out, see if we can stop it, or you can keep turning into a fucking bird alone so i guess every tor short is written in second person now or i just have a homing device trained on the ones that are, because isn t it statistically improbable to have read something like four in a row written in second person it makes me want to rebel no, ma am, i do NOT wake screaming from nightmares of Jonathan Chin, my mouth crammed full of feathers and i resent you saying that i do this is libel this isn t the most original or surprising story it s pretty clear where it s been and where it s going, but the writing is a perfect spiky complement to the imagery of corvid beaks and claws, scrabbling across the page and it s a haunting addition to the canon of recent YA lit centered around bullying and lgbtq issues there s one gory scene and one saucy scene, if you are someone who likes to be warned about those sorts of things me being me, those are my favorite scenes in the story, and neither of them are gratuitous they are just the right amount of ewwwwww or ohhhhhhhh.it s a medium three story, with a couple of peaks that rise up into high three territory i do really like the abruptness of some of the lines You ve gone blind.or You listen until the screams die away Then you end the call.and i do kind of swoon at the last two paragraphs view spoiler I loved you, you know, says Jonathan Chin He s radiant in the light of early dawn, his bruised face streaked with tears, an angel, a corpse You fucker I loved you so much. You sob and reach out for him, but he dissolves into a shower of black feathers that burn where they touch your skin.You scream and scream and scream, clutching fistfuls of them in your ruined human hands On the ground, the crows begin to feed in a mass flurry of rippling wings, ignoring the creaking of a lone, spinning wheel I loved you, too, you cry Finally, everything out in the open But your friends make no sound at all hide spoiler in conclusion birds.3.5 starsread it for yourself here to my blog

  2. says:

    short stories are usually a hard sell for me usually, a short story drops you in without any real kind of introduction and the endings always feel abrupt to me scarecrows beginning did feel very sudden, but the middle section and build up to the ending was so good the ending didn t feel abrupt to me, which left me really surprised tbh.the writing was stunning it s definitely not for everyone, but it hit all the targets for me also, this short story had something great going for it it was short stories are usually a hard sell for me usually, a short story drops you in without any real kind of introduction and the endings always feel abrupt to me scarecrows beginning did feel very sudden, but the middle section and build up to the ending was so good the ending didn t feel abrupt to me, which left me really surprised tbh.the writing was stunning it s definitely not for everyone, but it hit all the targets for me also, this short story had something great going for it it was in written in second person perspective that s basically catnip for me like seriously recommend me all the second person narrative stories, i eat them up like candy.this also dealt with a lot of themes that i love to see being explored so a overall, i really enjoyed this and thanks to erika for recommending this because i d have probably never heard about it otherwise

  3. says:

    This is a short short about revenge and turning bodily into a bird, but what do you expect when we re talking crow It s tight with the mythology but tighter with the character Not my absolute favorite of the Alyssa Wong stories, but as a horror, it s pretty evocative and eerie Definitely worth the read.

  4. says:

    Scarecrow by Alyssa Wong is a free to read short story available here Having seen Karen give this a read in my feed, I decided to give it a shot It was free, short, and it s been a long while since I d read an independent original short fic anyway With no reviw yet by Karen and the blurb really only describing this as a horrific tale of tragic love and corvid loss , I went into it pretty blind I think that s what really made the impact of this It s Scarecrow by Alyssa Wong is a free to read short story available here Having seen Karen give this a read in my feed, I decided to give it a shot It was free, short, and it s been a long while since I d read an independent original short fic anyway With no reviw yet by Karen and the blurb really only describing this as a horrific tale of tragic love and corvid loss , I went into it pretty blind I think that s what really made the impact of this It s too short to have anything spoiled The scenario was not entirely unique, but the execution was done beautifully and originally It s an abstract work that reads like a poem With the Kafka esque unreality with the tropes of YA fiction of today, it makes it something brand new That being said, this being a story of tropes being put into the test of being done a different way is not really something I typically appreciate I felt a disconnect from the characters, despite the beauty of the art I know that is something hard to do in a small word count in the first place, but it didn t really work for me The tropes I could have done without It actually tainted the story for me, as did the direct lines of the moral being typed out Alyssa, do yourself a favor and do not underestimate your reader

  5. says:

    3.5 starsThis is a horror short story I don t think I really want to summarize it, as I think part of the story is about figuring out what s happening It took a little bit to realize what was going on, but once I did, I thought the story was good.

  6. says:

    3.5 5 Interesting short story, loved the writing style, but liked the perspective a little less I read it for free here 3.5 5 Interesting short story, loved the writing style, but liked the perspective a little less I read it for free here

  7. says:

    This is a remarkable horror short story by Alyssa Wong, dealing with complex issues like bullism and its tragic toll, self hate, death, homophobia, and coming out at a young age It is tale of tragic love and loss.

  8. says:

    Contains spoilers A short story about murder and turning into a bird Desire and horror intersect quite heavily body horror is used as a metaphor for teenage coming of age and sexual awakening I don t dislike that device, but I kind of want it to havedepth after seeing it done so many times I have to confess though, I loved Ginger Snaps There are also themes of religion, self acceptance, guilt and punishment All fine and well, but the reasons this gets only two stars are the plo Contains spoilers A short story about murder and turning into a bird Desire and horror intersect quite heavily body horror is used as a metaphor for teenage coming of age and sexual awakening I don t dislike that device, but I kind of want it to havedepth after seeing it done so many times I have to confess though, I loved Ginger Snaps There are also themes of religion, self acceptance, guilt and punishment All fine and well, but the reasons this gets only two stars are the plot, and the character motives.The main character, Eli, pushed the boy he liked, Jon, off a roof, and his ghost is now back to haunt him Murder seems like a major event in anyone s life, but we never actually get a sense of why it happened Eli claims it was an accident while he and his friends were trying to scare Jon, but that is not expanded upon either beyond what I just stated Was this a case of Eli s friends peer pressuring him into joining in on bullying Jon, and it accidentally going too far Possibly, but this is completely unclear in the story Eli s friends seem to be aware that he liked Jon, but they only tease him about it, so their acceptance is also brought into question, but remains completely underdeveloped.At the end, we get a melodramatic love confession from Jon s ghost, who claims he loved Eli But not a few paragraphs earlier, we found out that they shared one kiss weeks before the incident , and Eli was sexually attracted to Jon and that s it This grand I really loved you, you know bullshit makes no sense when the characters barely knew each other and had what was at most a teenage crush between them The short blurb described this as a horrific tale of tragic love , and boy have the standards for what is considered tragic gone down I didn t buy it for a second This also made their little ghostly groping session wildly inconsistent in tone and feel very out of left field Short note on the use of second person perspective sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn t When the character is intentionally ambiguous, it can bring an interesting generalizability to the story, but when the character is set and not actually intended to be a reader insert, it can totally break immersion I thought the latter applied in this case, and I didn t find the purpose of writing in second person for this story, so it came across as purely gimmicky.There were some nice descriptions, but overall I found it wasn t immersive at all I enjoyed the idea, but it was essentially emotionally void, what with the melodramatic crush played as tragic

  9. says:

    I could read Alyssa for days She is becoming one of my favorite authors

  10. says:

    creepy but I kind of loved it

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