Short story: “Baby Girl”

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“Baby Girl,” by Dylan Landis

Appeared in Black Clockissue no. 19, winter 2014/spring 2015, pages 37 to 39

About 2.25 pages; my guess of 1200 words was pretty close to the actual figure, 1,173

Like a quiet horror story or an extended joke, this tale gets its power from the gradual escalation of mundane fears and cruelties. It’s too believable to be fun, but I can appreciate how well and how concisely it’s deployed.