“Legacy” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by J. G. Faherty (http://www.jgfaherty.com). This is Mr. Flaherty’s fifth publication.
I obtained a galley of this story for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this story as ‘PG13’ due to it’s dark nature. The story is written in the first person and is set in contemporary New England, USA. The primary character is Sean Black.
Black is a teenage science and math whiz, about to graduate early from High School. Other than that, he leads a pretty normal life, that is until the night of the storm. He has strange nightmares and imagines strange creatures. Then he begins to see changes in his body that none around him seem to notice.
Black finds a hidden room in the town library and reads there a collection of books that tell a strange history of his town. Leaving the library, he realizes he is at a decision point in his life. He can fight what is coming, save humanity, probably dying in the process. Or he can give in to his legacy, have the girl of his dreams, and rule a world plunged into chaos. What will he do?
This Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror/Short Story was a little on the strange side, very dark. It reminded me a little of stories written by Dean Koontz and Stephen King. It only took about 90 minutes to read, and it was well written. I have to say though, that I am not a Short Story fan. Had this story been expanded into a full novel I would have liked it more. I give it a 4 out of 5.
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