Short Stories by Gary B. Phillips

art by Seth Alan Bareiss

art by Seth Alan Bareiss

The Lady Electric

Published: April 2013 in Daily Science Fiction

Genre: alternate history

Length: 4 pages

Setting: probably around the 1880s, near New York City

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: An mysterious lady who seems to generate electricity is captured and turned over to Thomas Edison. He uses her power to light the city, at least for the ten years that she survives captivity.

Final thoughts: The lady wasn’t supposed to be in our world, but she fell in love – the source of so many troubles in our worlds. Unfortunately, the scientists got a hold of her and she wasn’t strong enough to escape except through death. Of course, now everyone is used to lights in the city, and their power source just died. Did Edison continue his research, or just study her? Did he have a new power source to take her place, once she died? A good story makes you wonder.

Title comes from: It’s what Edison called the lady.

Enteral Feeding

Published: July 2013 in Kazka Press (which doesn’t seem to exist anymore)

Genre: horror

Length: 4 pages

Setting: I’m assuming it’s a prison that holds Muslim prisoners from one of our current conflicts in the Middle East

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: The narrator is captured and brought to prison. After going on a hunger strike, he is force-fed by the guards. However, whatever they are feeding him is changing him into stronger and deadlier than the guards.

Final thoughts: This was a creepy story. I didn’t realize Phillips was aiming for “vampire” in the monster the narrator turned into (until I read his postmortem on the story), but the guards did something to the inmates, which then lead to their death when the inmates rose up.

Title comes from: At first I thought the title was a spelling mistake of “eternal” instead of “enteral”. Turns out enteral feeding is tube feeding, which you might do to a prisoner on a hunger strike.

 

 

 

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