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Monday, October 25, 2021

Reader's Diary #2246- Jennifer Murvin: Mom to You

In Jennifer Murvin's short story "Mom to You," a young son returns from a birthday party wearing a mask and claiming a new identity. It's an old man mask, not a Halloween mask, she wants us to know and yet there something surreal and off-putting about the rest of the story that I would still classify as horror. 

I'm dwelling on whether or not there was some message in the story about letting kids be themselves (which seems counter to wearing a mask), but even if I can't pin it down to a moral or crack some symbolism that I've yet missed, it's still an entertaining story even on the surface.

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