Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story
Approximate word count: 11-12,000 words
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A Canadian who was born in Regina, and grew up in Ontario, David Hull has had his stories appear in multiple periodicals. A novel, A Gerber's Grave, is anticipated in early 2016.
“Daniel Hale will not be released from an institution until he renounces his belief in a celestial body he calls the moon. Fortunately his doctor, Marvin Pallister, is confident that Daniel can be cured of his condition, soon dubbed Hale-Pallister's Lunacy.”
The premise: the moon disappears (along with all evidence it ever existed) and only one man, Daniel, remembers.
Once you buy into the premise, this is an interesting story that works as just a story. You wonder where it will go and how it will resolve itself. Since everyone who reads this knows the moon exists, we're on Daniel's side. (Unless something has changed and no one other than me believes this anymore. If that's the case, please don't comment and tell me.) But if you're prone to seeing more in a story than the actual story, this one might send your mind off in all kinds of directions. Maybe considering the concepts of normality, sanity, and madness. Possibly differences in perception from person to person. One of my conclusions is that, assuming I'm currently sane, I doubt I still would be after going through Daniel's experience.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars