Given that this story originally appeared in Weird Tales… that’s very appropriate. For this is a bit of an odd one. Be careful where you step, though. This story’s rather casually… violent? I mean, a croquet game of which the aim is to hit a page in the face? Yeah. That kind of weird.
I quite enjoyed this short story… in a weird sort of way. Augusta, the main character, discovers a dead human in the woods and picks up a locket off his body. Turns out that the locket is a watch. And Augusta lives in a place where time doesn’t exist. Except that the watch then starts ticking.
Tidbeck’s writing is clear and vivid, setting me right into each of the scenes. While there was a certain sense of confusion while reading, that is inherent to the story and was very well facilitated. I’d be happy to pick up another story by Tidbeck if this is an example of what she writes – which it indeed is.
My fellow time travelling readers are: