Old man of Tessera
by J Edward Neill
A young man from the drowned village of Veni wanders along the sea until he comes to the city of Tessera. The Old Man takes him in and urges him to explore Tessera, where nothing and no one are as they seem…
This is a beautifully written short horror story. Quiet. Deadly. Like a spider’s web you don’t know is there until you’re well and truly caught in it, with no way out. Neill writes with a unique style, reminding me of fabled storytellers honored with a place beside the fire, holding their audience captive until the final word is spoken.
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