Fictional essay: “Bestiary”
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“Bestiary,” by Thomas Wharton
Appeared recently in AGNI Online
A series of thoughtful and unsettling anecdotes about animal life. The way the spider bit ends is particularly troubling to me, presenting the author (I mean, the fictional author) in a new light.
I think this is supposed to be a short story with a structure similar to that of “Mantis Wives,” but I don’t think it succeeds as such (it reminds me more of “The Apartment Dweller’s Bestiary”). I could call it a short story cycle, but that doesn’t seem right either, since most parts come across more as anecdotes than as flash fiction stories.