I am so far behind in reading my issues of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It's betting beyond funny and into pathetic. It's October while I'm writing this review for a story from the March / April issue. I'm midway through the May/June issue. You can see, it's getting bad. My short story to be read list is getting as long as my books to be read list.
"Make-Believe" by Michael Reaves begins with a man giving an acceptance speech. In that speech he recounts how and why he became a writer. He reminisces about an event when he was five.
Now if this were a classic Twilight Zone episode, here's where Rod Serling would make his appearance. He'd say something pithy about childhood, memories and this play-date being in the Twilight Zone or some such.
Let me put it this way; I like the Twilight Zone. I like ghost stories. "Make-Believe" has elements of both. It was my kind of short story. It was a good combination of suspense, horror and goofy sentimentality.