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The Mistman by Michael John Grist

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“The Mistman” is a 2008 speculative fiction short story by Michael John Grist. It is about a cursed village that is rescued by a magical, colorful jester.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Jester by mrpolyonymous, CC 2.0 license

Ballahee is a mountain village with a problem: it is always misty there. Not your regular mist either, this is the kind of oppressive mist that can’t be kept out, and works its way into everything – effectively killing everyone’s mood and enjoyment of life! Oh well, that’s the way it’s always been so all the villagers just accept it as a way of life. That is until one day a tall, gangly, colorful man rides in on 2 horses and claims he can get rid of the mist for them. Yay! The people are ecstatic as he plays his instruments and sucks it all up. Then he names his price – and it is steep too. Geez – if the villagers had just known what he was going to ask for maybe they wouldn’t have agreed to his services. Well, I’m sure they can come to some sort of agreement… right?

My Two Cents

  • Story: 3 stars – Yes it was a cool idea, but it felt a little too much like a certain fairy tale involving rats.
  • Writing: 3 stars – It is an easy story to read, which makes it ideal for kids. A few weird sentences seemed out of place in the otherwise fine writing.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – although it wasn’t difficult to tell what was going to happen for most of the story, I still found myself pulled into it, and quite enjoyed reading it! The ending held a little bit of a surprise too – and that was fun.

Where To Get The Mistman

  • You can read this story for free at the Byzarium web site.
  • If you enjoyed this story be sure to check out “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link – about a girl whose grandmother has a handbag with a whole village of fairies in it!