“I think they’re the manifestation of people’s desire for answers about death and eternity. But I could be wrong.”
Excellent short story, told from the point of view of a young woman who researches ghost stories. Engaging and plausible, which is a tough sell for some readers. (The cover art is Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018, in which the story appears.)
“Brains are so weird.”
The denouement is obvious, but I’m not telling. Enjoy it for yourself.
“The thing about ghost stories is that even if you have one, the person is still gone.”
(Finalist 2019 Hugo Award for Novelette)