A Fortunate Man by G.S. Austin
This is not my type of short story genre. This is not my type of subject matter. This is a pretty disgusting story. But to be honest, I loved it. A Fortunate Man tells the tale of a mortician who falls in love with the dead young woman on his work table. CREEPY. Creepier than that is that the love is consummated (shudder). The mortician steals the body prior to burial and takes her/it to his house where they have lovely conversations and relations. All of this builds to a climax toward the end where the dead girl's mother gets involved. I don't want to give away the ending so that's all I'm saying.
Story: 9.5 of 10
My favorite thing about this story is the author's use of first person. The mortician tells the story and the reader can see how unsettling the circumstances are while the storyteller has no idea. Austin captures completely the sense of madness through the voice of the narrator. My other favorite thing is that Austin writes the story in a way that harkens back to the late 1800's/early 1900's. His word choice and sentence structure and, again, voice, are throwbacks to a time when gothic literature was huge.
Teachability: 0 of 10
No matter how wonderful the voice is, I just can't seeing myself teaching a story that has sex with a dead person as a main part. Or a small part. Or probably even as a mention. Damn good read though.