Saturday, September 12, 2009

R. I. P. Short Story Sunday 9/13

The Graveyard Reader by Theodore Sturgeon

Published in Science Fantasy, 1958.

This is a different type of story to read for R.I.P. IV. The title led me to believe this would be a scary story. I was not exactly sure what a "graveyard reader" was but it sounded like the title to a good spooky tale. What I ended up reading was an excellent story that initially was not frightening. But then, upon further thought, it was a very scary story.

How many people would be happy to find that others could read their grave after they die? Would you want all of your secrets and actions revealed to others? Probably not. Sturgeon is an author I have not read much. After reading this story, he goes on my must read list. It is not a flashy story but it is well written.

Highly recommended.


  1. Interesting premise! I'll have to try and hunt this one down.

  2. I agree with Chris and Andi, the idea sounds really interesting. I'm not sure I've ever read any Sturgeon, but this one will go on my short story to read list.