Tongue Got Your Cat?
In Morris J. Marshall’s “Consultations”:
- Is Krista wise to confide so candidly in Jenny? How might Krista be putting herself in danger?
- What “idea” might Krista have to report to Gavin’s father, Bill?
In Phil Temples’ “They’re Here,” Wilbur’s sighting of the space-alien garbage man eating a cat is almost farcical. What is the story really about?
In Thomas Wm. Hamilton’s “An Arkham Halloween”:
- Who is Joe Ahasver? And who is Val Tepes? By what other names are they known?
- Why does “Joe” Ahasver correct himself when speaking of Abdul al-Hazred?
- What literary allusions can you find in the story other than to H.P. Lovecraft?
- What makes the story a satire?
In K. C. Gray’s “Primordial”:
- What does “He” turn out to be?
- Vampires can be slain by wooden stakes or sunlight; werewolves, by silver bullets; zombies, by uncooked pufferfish disguised as brains. How are bug-eyed monsters from outer space traditionally killed?
In Iona Douglas’s “Response Transcript”:
- Why does Hannah Gill want to go to Wales rather than Scotland?
- What is Hannah trying to escape from, exactly?
In Nicholas MacDonnell’s “The Eraser”:
- What event seems to trigger the Eraser’s compulsion to commit his crimes of deletion?
- Why might one expect the “Eraser” to move constantly from city to city?
- Is the Protector realistically able to forestall the Eraser’s continuing his spree? How might the Eraser be apprehended?
- How might people working in public spaces prevent random acts of vandalism? Aside from stealing or destroying computers, can the Eraser realistically delete text irrecoverably on today’s machines?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?