“Tap Dancing” by John Gregory Betancourt
Card picked: Ace of Spades
From: Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown, edited by Marvin Kaye
Thoughts: Forty years ago, Martha Peckinpah was a star of stage and screen. She danced with the best in only the best productions. Unfortunately, her career was cut short by a car accident. Bitter about her situation and the failing state of dance on stage, Martha spends her time sneaking into rehearsals and silently criticizing new shows. That is, until one night when a young man in black leather and a silver earring in one ear, a soul in purgatory, asks her to remember how to live.
This is a very serviceable story. It feels like it could have been maybe a little longer, maybe a little more detailed.
Coincidentally, the tension between the old and new in this story reminded me of a videos that’s been going around (again):