[Review] 'Misericord' by AK Benedict

You might wonder what a 'misericord' is. Well, a misericord is a small wooden structure in a church which is intended to act as a shelf to support a person in a partially standing position during long periods of prayer.
‘Misericord’ is also a subtle short story by A. K. Benedict, known for her thrillers with a supernatural twist 'The Beauty of Murder' and 'The Evidence of Ghosts'. This short story delves into nearly forgotten religious practices subsumed by the advance of Christianity. It is a story with an underlying sense of menace, tapping onto the spiritual nature of the old landscape and the ancient buildings scattered across it, hinting at a subtle kind of possession.

Isabelle has spent her whole career studying carvings in churches and, together with her fiancée Katie, spends one afternoon looking at carvings in a church. The pair seem to be having a less than perfect relationship and that merges slowly with some whispers of pagan worship.

The story grips you literally by the throat. Yes, the reverend on duty probable knows far more than she tells Isabelle and Katie. The ending will surely make your skin crawl as it involves swarms of flying ants.

'Misericord' is another example of the fertile imagination of AK Benedict. I hope that one day all her novels and short stories will merge together into one fascinating universe of reality, spiritual, supernatural and fantasy.

'Misericord' has been published in 'Great British Horror 1: Green and Pleasant Land'. You should buy it.

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