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The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale: 12/06/08
To celebrate sixty years in print, Fantasy & Science Fiction is reprinting stories in its new issues. This month's reprint is "The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale" by Warner Law, originally published in the April 1973 issue.
"The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale" is the grand-daddy of "Dazzle Joins the Screenwriter's Guild" by Scott Bradfield except that it has a twist at the end (and it's funnier).
The letters in question are between an author and his publisher and the author's dog, Dash. The author, tired of his long career of writing Home McGrew mysteries has taken in a stray dog and has decided to use the dog as the first person (first canine?) protagonist of a new mystery novel. To prove his point, the author includes snippets typed by Dash.
What really makes this story click are the included bits typed by Dash the dog. They are always in uppercase and full of errors. It's a bit like the now defunct Monkey Shakespeare Simulator. Yet, if you like to puzzle things out, you can actually read the dog's message.