Sunday, January 09, 2005

Geoffrey Says

"Geoffrey Says" by Aliya Whiteley, Shred of Evidence, November 2004

This seems to be the issue for stories that stretch back to mother. In this one mother and son also come into conflict with dire consequences, but that is the only similarity.
Geoffrey is born in the young boy's mind as the font of all wisdom filtered through his mother. Eventually Geoffrey takes the form of an emerald green penguin with anthropomorphic tendencies. Why emerald green and why a penguin, I don't know, but it works. Soon enough Geoffrey begins to speak directly to the main character and contradicts the advice of Mother. From then on, things go downhill for the promising young man, though he doesn't think so.

Ms. Whiteley draws the main character skillfully and increases his delusional life throughout the story. This makes his final escalation believable.

The end of the story holds a couple of surprises. You see Mom had a secret, a secret that she managed to conceal from her son throughout his life. The ending is pretty twisty.

In short, I enjoyed the story, and I expect you will too.

[Couldn't get on Shred this morning to get the direct link to the story.]


At 2:19 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I really enjoyed this story as well, but I guess I'm a bit biased since I published an earlier story by Aliya in SHOTS in late '03. Still, she really has the goods and I hope we see a lot more from her.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Bob said...

I hope so, too, Sarah. I'll be happy to read anything she does.

At 3:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I'm currently working on some new stories and have some other bits and pieces, including my first novel, a psychological drama, available! More details can be found on my website at Thanks again... Aliya

At 5:50 AM, Blogger Bob said...

You're welcome, Aliya. Let me know when your stuff comes out.

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