In general, I try not to show too much preference between one World Unknown Review story and another. I have the esteemed privilege of receiving dozens and dozens of great stories every year, more and more as the review gains momentum. But sometimes a story come along that makes me want to break that restraint and blatantly declare it my favorite, a story that makes me wonder if I should establish a sort of Editor’s Choice, because it’s really that good, it has blown me away entirely, and makes me feel almost a little unworthy to be the lucky one that got to publish it first.
“Selective Memory, by Adam L. Bealby, the new Featured Story for November, is such a tale. I present it with the warning that it might not be for the faint of heart, but if you can handle a dose of the disturbing, you won’t be disappointed. This story has stuck with me like glue since I first opened up the submission last year and poured into something that wasn’t only an excellent example of solid technique and language, but also a stirring, heartbreaking punch-in-the-gut about memory and loss and the things we tell ourselves to survive.
It tells the story of Maggie Mayhew, a young woman with an interesting psychological disease that compromises her short term memory. She’s developed an interesting system to help her cope with everyday life (something I, as a person who clings to routine, can relate to!). But what happens when something is introduced into the system that shakes everything up, and how can she tell if this departure in routine is for good or bad? Go read the story in the Selective Memory”>Featured Story tab and find out. And I hope you love it as much as I do.
Also, completely unrelated and I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, buuuut…
CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!! THEY DID IT, THEY DID IT!!
(What a time to be alive! Especially alive in Chicago!!!)