This one surprised me, I thought it was going in one direction and then things take a really strange turn...I think he should have titled it differently, I would have been even more blindsided. Anyway, I really liked this story, it reminded me of something you'd read in "Night Shift"!
This one was my least favorite in the book. I did not like the main character, he seemed like a self-centered ass. Say sorry. I did enjoy the part of the story at the cabin, and during the storm. I know it was a rat he saw, and in my head it was a rat, except he reminded me of the dancing frog from Looney Tunes. Top hat, cane and little tux included. The story as a whole reminded me of Fair Extension from Full Dark, No Stars.
Still a good story, just my least favorite of the bunch.
Oh I so enjoyed this story. Reading it with Covid happening, just made it all the more eery. Was sure he'd catch the "bug".
Yes cat in a bag , the scene in the cabin and storm. You could hear that tree hitting the shed!
I will never look at the word 'Right" without seeing "rat" !
I liked this one a lot. It had a bit of a fairy tale vibe to it. At first, Drew didn't like what he had caused to happen but after a while, it didn't seem to bother him too much. Everything worked out all rat.
A kind of Faustian story. The rat then, of course being the devil, and our protagonist being the one willing to offer a good friends life to write that one story. It is, at the bottom of it, about the choice. I think its rather clear that he never really believes that the rat is an usual kind of rat, in spite of all his efforts to call it a dream and not real and so on. So he makes the deal and, just as many who makes such a deal, thinks he has made a good choice. (he would die anyway) Good story, well told and interesting.