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"Childrun" by Marc Laidlaw in the August 2008 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction marks the return of Gorlen Vizenfirthe to the magazine. His last appearance was in the September 1996 issue.
"Childrun" takes the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale and turns it on its head. Gorlen, hoping to earn a meal and a place to sleep with his music comes to a town where strangers aren't welcome, especially ones that appeal to children. Where there should be a school house full of boisterous children is just one strange pupil and a weary teacher looking for a way out.
"Childrun" is a fun horror laced shaggy dog story. Even having figured out the punchline early, I still enjoyed it. Time permitting I will have to look up the adventures of the bard with the stone hand.