Bewildering Stories welcomes...
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
Victor lives with his family in Singapore. He’s won first place in a children’s literature contest, and his short stories have been published in several anthologies in the Philippines and Singapore.
“Synchronicity” tells of Felix del Mundo, who meets Father Vladimir aboard a bus in a desolate countryside. They discuss Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as they travel toward Borges’ Infinite Library. They conclude with self-referential humor that they’re trapped in a story about the afterlife. Felix looks forward to rejoining his beloved late wife, Dolores, but the problem is that he is holding a round-trip ticket.
As a rule, Bewildering Stories objects to a narrator’s dying at the end of a story; he leaves no one alive to tell the tale. “Synchronicity” very deftly stands our rule on its head. We have no problem with narrators who are ghosts, especially ones who return presumably to tell the tale again!
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo’s bio sketch can be found here.
Welcome to Bewildering Stories, Victor. We hope to hear from you again soon and often!
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