by Gene Wolfe
Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
“There’s something about this island—“ Muriel began.
Liza shook her head. “I don’t like it either.”
“I didn’t mean that. I didn’t mean that at all.” Muriel put down her piña colada. “It feels, well, welcoming. It keeps telling me I’m home, that it’s where I’m supposed to be.”
“You’d better quit drinking this pineapple stuff.”
“I’ve only had one,” Muriel protested. “This is my second. You’re on your third.”
“Kirk drank my first one. Can’t you feel the hostility? The terrible loneliness? It’s like – I don’t know. It makes me think of a haunted house fifty miles from nowhere.”
Rated R. Really, this pretty well straddles the line of dark fantasy/horror.
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