This is a ghost story (obviously) set in rural West Africa. It appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #243.
In “Nneamaka’s Ghost” by Walter Dinjos, the title specter appears to a man and asks him to dig up her body so she can return to life. Many complications follow, including another ghost who wants him to burn her body instead. The richly detailed setting is the most interesting part of this story.
“Nneamaka’s Ghost” by Walter Dinjos 4 stars
This story is one of haunting and betrayal. It has many twists and turns and an ending I did not expect. I won’t tell any of the plot simply because it would ruin it for others. It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The complexity of the tale makes it entertaining. Ebuka hears the plea of the princess, the warning of prince, and the promises of the king. He raises the dead princess, but not quite the way he expected, and, realizing the prince was right, destroys the body, saving his own life when he realizes the Prince had hinted at what the incense might actually work for.
There’s something about the mood of this story that makes me smile, despite the way that it unfolds around death and the threat of worse to come… And the story pulls this off beautifully, giving the feeling of a boulder rolling downhill, hot on Ebuka’s heels, poised to crush him and…well, that would be telling. It’s fun and it builds a great sense of place and magic, lore and stories. And it’s another great read!