Who was John Stevenson and what did he know? These are some of the tough questions that this fascinating novel asks us, but it also asks us to look deep inside ourselves and take an unerring look at what we might find there. Which is exactly what our brave boys do this week, as they grapple with difficult truths like whether new baby-sitter Abby Stevenson is the best baby-sitter now that Dawn’s gone; whether it’s ever appropriate to question Kristy Thomas’s authority; and what, precisely, this all has to do with Hellraiser. The bravest of the two boys also takes this opportunity to admit that he was wrong and to accept the consequences of his terrible mistake. Not to make excuses, not to ask for forgiveness – but to own what he has done and to pay for it. With his life. Also, there’s some good stuff about bees, Druscilla Destiny, and Abby’s burgeoning stand-up career, so strap in for a wild ride.
“Empty Promise,” by UEMonthly
“The Evil Carnival,” by Robert Austin
“Drops of Jupiter remix,” by Jesse Bloch
“Carnival Lament,” by Robert Austin
“Jane’s Lament,” by EMSonora