Monday, October 22, 2018

Reader's Diary #1934- C. A. Verstraete: The Pumpkin Patch

It's a common writing exercise to write from the perspective of an inanimate or otherwise non-sentient entity, such as a plant. But there's a reason it's common, and typically, as in the case of C.A. Verstraete's "The Pumpkin Patch" which is told from a pumpkin's point of view, it's a fun read as a result.

In this particular story, we get a brief glimpse into what I suppose we'd call pumpkin culture. This particular pumpkin is of the belief that pumpkins are a honored part of a Halloween tradition, but unfortunately has been left in the dark about what's involved in becoming a jack-o-lantern. It's more amusing than scary obviously (not that the pumpkin would agree), though a twist at the end veers it slightly into horror territory.

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