“Deathbinder”

It’s going to be a while before I get any new reviews up, so I thought I’d do another series.

This one will be on Alexander Jablokov, a science fiction author whose literary career started in 1985 and went through 1998 followed by a hiatus and a return to fiction in 2006.

I’ve read most of his work and reviewed a few pieces of his before.

Raw Feed (1988): “Deathbinder”, Alexander Jablokov, 1988.Deathbinder

A truly innovative (at least to my limited knowledge) twist on the traditional ghost story — staking ghosts out till Judgement Day so their presence does not taint the lives of the living ( a new concept to me also).

I liked the genuinely eerie, creepy touch of Doctor Harmon’s wife staked to the bed beside him and constantly muttering in her half “sleep”.

Jablokov came up with a good link between hauntings and life support technology. This is the second story I’ve read by him, and he seems innovative and a competent stylist.

I also liked the longing for life of the ghosts, and the bitterness Dr. Harmon feels over his ability to see, hear, and talk to ghosts. His anguish and dedication at binding ghosts to death was well expressed.

 

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