by Jeffrey Ford
Edited by Ellen Datlow.
Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 July 2013
Every month, Tor posts stories on their website (see link section at the top of this review) along with excerpts from novels, comics and articles. They are free so I recommend you check them out. Each new story will be reviewed separately. This was posted on July 24, 2013.
"A Terror" by Jeffrey Ford -- Emily Dickinson, at age 31, awakes to find her sister and parents gone from their house. She gets dressed and goes outside where she is greeted by a man who introduces himself as Quill. He insists she get into his brougham and she does.
He shows her scenes from her life. He tells her that he has come to take her away. He is Death. She protests that she has unfinished poems and that she had not said goodbye to her family. He offers her a deal, 25 years more of life if she will help him collect a boy whose witch mother has kept him alive.
Nice little chiller based on a letter that Dickinson wrote. Another great story from Ford.