Short Story Saturday: The Angriest Man
Welcome to Short Story Saturday! Every Saturday, I’ll give my thoughts on a story from an anthology. I’m currently working my way through Foretold, which comes out in August 2012 from Random House. All of the stories in this anthology will focus on prophecy.
Short Story: The Angriest Man
Author: Lisa McMann
Summary: When David was an infant, he was stung by a bee that held in its stinger the essence of the angriest man in the world. At least, that’s what his mother told him at age six before throwing him out. David doesn’t feel perpetually angry, but people seem to always think he is. When he turns 18, David leaves his foster home in search of a place where he belongs.
My thoughts: What a sad story! The Angriest Man is sort of about self-fulfilling prophecies, but its main focus seems to be conveying at atmosphere of creepy despair. Lisa McMann succeeds at that—I cringed my way through The Angriest Man because of how unfortunate the protagonist is.
McMann’s story is the shortest in this anthology thus far, but it leaves its mark, especially with its ending. Those who enjoy stories that send shivers up your spine will like this one.