The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore by Sean Demory

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May 30, 2014 by Tiffany A. Robbins

This is a short story that i just read by Sean Demory. He was a panelist at ConQuesT 45, and was presented as a horror writer. He himself said that he doesn’t set out to write horror, but sets out to write something else and it becomes horror.
I think he and his lovely short story are an excellent illustration as to why I don’t generally read the horror genre. Rather than being swept up in the fear that I assume would come with the genre, I am always swept away by the beauty and artistry of the words themselves. It is indeed a ballad, and despite its macabre settings and characters, I found it to be beautiful, lovely, and gentle. It leaves me convinced that Sean Demory has an interesting spirit that I want to bathe in, and it also leaves me continuing to believe that horror may be too lush of a genre to offer me any fear. Of course, I must admit that I’ve to this day read very little of it, and that I consider creature horror to be an entirely different thing.
Good work, Sean. It is a lovely piece, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to people who find dark poetry appealing. I can’t help but relate it to Poe’s Annabelle Lee which happens to be one of my favorite pieces of literature.

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One thought on “The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore by Sean Demory

  1. Sean Demory says:

    Thanks so much for your compliments! I question the value of the term “horror” as opposed to what local writer (and goddamned genius) Orrin Grey describes as “weird fiction.” Really, “Wayfaring Stranger” isn’t necessarily jump-out-of-your-seat scary as much as it’s supposed to have a certain slow-burn uncanniness to it. If it’s immersive and interesting, I consider it a win.

    Definitely appreciate your thoughts and your post. Thanks again!

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