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Deal Me In, Week 39 ~ “Prey”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis
What is Deal Me In?

“Prey” by Richard Matheson

Card picked: Six of Diamonds
From: I Am Legend, and other stories


The wooden box resembled a casket. Amelia raised its lid and smiled. It was the ugliest doll she’d ever seen.

The doll is actually a Zuni fetish in the likeness of a fierce warrior named “He Who Kills.” It is a birthday present from Amelia to Arthur, a very nice high school teacher and amateur anthropologist that she’s been dating. The fetish is wrapped in a gold chain which, it’s said, keeps the spirit of He Who Kills inside the doll…or something like that. After Amelia argues on the phone with her over-bearing mother mother and then Arthur, the doll is upended and the chain falls off.

Eighty percent of this story is Amelia battling the fierce seven inch warrior. She spends a good deal of time paralyzed in fear. To be fair, Matheson does a great job of writing action. The story moves at a great pace, never lagging. Amelia does manage to destroy the doll, but the spirit of He Who Kills continues on.

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