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[READ: December 18, 2022] “The Skin of a Teenage Boy Is Not Alive”

This year, S. ordered me The Short Story Advent Calendar.  This is my fifth time reading the Calendar.  I didn’t know about the first one until it was long out of print (sigh), but each year since has been very enjoyable.  Here’s what they say this year

Like we always do at this time: the Short Story Advent Calendar is back for 2022. We had such a great time last year working with our first-ever guest editor, the one and only Alberto Manguel. This year, however, we’re bringing things back to basics. No overarching theme or format, just 25 top-class short stories, selected in-house, by some of the best writers in North America and beyond. It’s December 18. Senaa Ahmad, a Canadian short-fiction writer, has never been that bored.

There was an earlier story in this collection about the Satanic panic of the 1980s.  This story about demonic possession in high school (metaphorical or not, I’m not entirely sure).  

Parveen is a good Indian girl.  There is one other Indian girl in their town, Aisha.  The resolutely ignore each other at first but eventually become best friends. (more…)

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