Countdown: The Top 31 Norman Partridge Works of Short Fiction–#27

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27. “Undead Origami” (1995)

Partridge’s fantastic imagination takes full flight in this audacious tale folding together history and horror. “Undead Origami” is set in 1970 Las Vegas, and focuses on Howard Hughes, who proves not just an eccentric recluse but a bloodthirsty nosferatu. A quirky premise, for sure, but one handled without the least bit of campiness. Hughes cuts quite a frightening figure here, creating vampire bats out of black paper and making sinister, sickening use of dead flies. Partridge is an absolute master at writing original, offbeat variations on the vampire narrative, as will be seen again on this countdown.



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