“Seven Days of Rain” by Chris F. Holm
From 8 POUNDS by Chris F. Holm, published in 2010.
When I read this story, I didn’t know it had won the Spinetingler Award. But after reading it, I know why. Lean storytelling with just enough detail to draw the reader in. The guilt and pain of past actions that drive the story feel real. Strong, but not forced.
There’s even a fun sense of pulp to the haunting story that’s being told. From the pathetic fallacy of the downpour to the almost EC Comics sense of justice.
And all those parts work together beautifully to make one helluva short story. I would highly recommend reading this one. And if the rest of this collection is half as good as this story, pick it up.