Succor the Child: a Lovecraftian Short Story

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After viewing a sixth-grader's bizarre chalk drawing, one impressionable townsperson begins to see more than just childish scrawls, and curiosity about the drawing's subject becomes an all-consuming obsession—literally.

Originally published in The Big Book of Bizarro, ed. Rich Bottles Jr and Gary Lee Vincent. Bridgeport, WV. Burning Bulb Publishing, 2011.

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Words: 3,020
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476057163
About Mercy Loomis

Mercy Loomis grew up in a haunted house, and has had quite enough of ghosts for one lifetime, thank you. Though she now lives in a 150-year-old house, it is remarkably ghost-free. (That, or they’re staying on the down-low. She doesn’t care which.)
Mercy finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn’t stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the paranormal because monsters are scary, but less scary than real people. Or at least less depressing.
Mercy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison one class short of an accidental certificate in Folklore. She credits her love of mythology to her mom reading Greek myths as bedtime stories, and her love of fantastical adventure stories to watching cheesy movies with her dad. Her love of history (and coffee!) is completely her husband’s fault, but she doesn’t know who’s to blame for the fascination with physics.
She guesses that hanging out with Dad while he butchered deer also had an effect on her character, but exactly what effect, she leaves up to the reader.
See what Mercy’s up to and find links to her other work at www.mercyloomis.com.

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Review by: Voice Spider on June 02, 2012 :
Very short story that captures a lot of Lovecraftian themes in a small space and time. Very pleased with how this one came together and how well it was written. Some of the images brought to life by Loomis' prose are simply amazing and she does a good job with Lovecraftian language.

All in all, a pleasing little mythos tale that any fan of Lovecraft will enjoy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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