Quoth the Crow
In Patrick Doerksen’s “The Grumbling Dark”:
- What does the narrator say to indicate that it is not only an evil spirit, it is the spirit of evil?
- What force overcomes the spirit, and why can the spirit not understand it?
In Arthur Davis’s “The Man Who Sold Time”:
- Henry “sells time.” What is the consideration? What does he get in return for providing the commodity?
- In part 5, Henry confronts Devlin Mercy. Why might the antagonist have such a self-contradictory name?
In Martin Westlake’s “Hemming”:
- In what way are Griffyth’s words to the crow, “You owe me one,” a fatal omen?
- The raven at the end of Griffyth’s and Hemming’s climb is a literal bird. At the end, what does the raven come to symbolize?
In Steve Slavin’s “The Enabler”:
- In what two ways is Mary an “enabler”?
- Why might Mary have written such a long letter to Rachel?
- Did Mary’s letter help Rachel become a better person or does it remain merely a sentimental keepsake?
In Alan P. Garfoot’s “Iridium-Poisoned Seeds”:
- What cosmic catastrophe does the iridium allude to?
- What Biblical catastrophe does the poisoning of one-third of the seas allude to?
- Does the poem offer any hope of repentance or redemption?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?