9 thoughts on ““The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zaci”, by Benjamin Parzybok”

  1. This is very well-written and I wish I could precisely identify the elements that jarred me out of dark, dreamy mood Parzybok created so effectively otherwise.

  2. I read this back when it was first published. So it’s been too long for me to say much. It was atmospheric, yeah. I recall that I wasn’t in the mood for an unhappy ending the day I read it!

    1. I remember the story well! Didn’t hit home for me, but it was very vivid. I can see why people really like it 🙂

  3. Hmmm.

    Right at the beginning of the year, I experimented with reading with extreme prejudice – reading a few pages and forcing myself to STOP if I wasn’t into it.

    This is one of the ones I stopped early. I stopped with most of ’em, but this one I *remember* stopping. Now that I’ve read it through… I’m still pretty much in the same place.

    It’s weird and moody. But… it doesn’t grab me. The mundane details are on point, but they’re mundane, and not in that omg-great-observation kind of way.

    I dunno. It feels like a bog-standard horror story, covered with *really nice* gold plating. Didn’t work for me.

  4. The character of a failed writer "taking a break" from everything and drifting aimlessly around the peripheries of life is kind of a standard horror character, right?

    1. Also the "unholy inspiration."
      Poetry *is* a change of pace.
      (Although the REAL fantasy element is obviously the idea of getting offered an awe-inspiring sum of money for poetry… 😛 )

  5. Jack Torrance from The Shining is kind of the gold standard for the failed writer as central character in horror story, with the evil forces tying into creative powers ( or claiming to).

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