Pageant for a Crazy Man by Gerald Warfield

This is the next story included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

Published: March, 2013 in From the Depths (view the link in full screen to read the text free online)

Genre: short fiction

Setting: Dayton, Ohio, 1980s

Summary: A young teen-age girl is camping with her family. She is awoken one morning by a commotion in the campground. Someone has tied a man to the cross they use for the Easter pageant at the campground and “crucified” him. The man ends up dead the next morning, having fallen from a cliff.

Final thoughts: This is one of those stories that you turn the page, looking for the rest of it because that can’t be it. And, it’s not the good kind of “I want more”. This was the nothing has really happened, and I’m still waiting for the purpose of the story to show itself. I didn’t see any evidence of a science fiction or fantastical bent to the story either. Oh well, you can’t like them all. This was thematically appropriate, though, with Easter so close.

Title comes from: The campground is where locals conduct an Easter pageant annually. A deaf-mute, mentally unstable man was crucified at the campground.

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