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My first foray into horror, Twilight-Zone style. It’s called “Visit to a Small Town” and you can access it via the “Stories” menu above or directly via www.donnylaja.com/visit-to-a-small-town

Let me know what you think. Comments on further development of this idea are welcome. If you haven’t signed up, you can comment anonymously in the box above. Thanks for reading!

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This story reminded me of the short story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. It was mysterious and you got the idea that the girl is suffering while everybody else is allowing it. Despite not finding out what the real reason was, the idea of someone suffering while everyone (except for an outside observer) is allowing this, seemed very philosophical.

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I'm aware of that (very unpleasant) story. How can you be happy if you know it's at the price of an innocent person suffering? No wonder some people walked away. It would be less horrible if they were not aware of the innocent person. I think the setup has resonance for us because of the influence of Christianity, the idea of Jesus suffering for our sins (illogical as that is, when you think about it). Or maybe our affluent lives in the West made possible by Third World economic slavery.


Though "Visit to a Small Town" had been in my head for a long time, it was only recently that I became aware of the Le Guin story. Sukie i…


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