||Cemetery Dance #58
||Every House Is Haunted
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||Daniel Ramis thought the only thing he inherited from his father was insomnia, but as it turned out,
he got a house, too.
That pretty much sums it up. But since it's a horror story, you know there's going to be some unpleasantness involved. You know... faulty wiring... poor
insulation... Scary stuff, kids.
||"Inheritor" received an honourable mention in Best Horror of the Year, Volume One.
Of all the stories in this issue of Cemetery Dance, only Ian Rogers's "Inheritor" made me stop and shiver. It is surely a sign of an effective horror story that, even when read on a crowded commuter train on a bright summer's day, the final paragraphs can leave a reader dread cold.
Daniel Ramis is estranged from his family, so on the death of his father, he is surprised to discover that he has been left his childhood home, which Daniel had assumed sold years before. Dragged back there against his better judgment, Daniel also discovers that he has been left some unfinished family business.
Rogers does a very fine job of building a sense of anticipation and dread as Ian is drawn from his safe city life back to small town America and the long-abandoned farmhouse. The ending is handled with a compelling economy that allows for chills but no histrionics. It is clever writing and effective storytelling. – The Fix