Horror Story Review: "Mimic" by Donald A. Wollheim

@msiduri (5749)
United States
February 3, 2016 8:13am CST
The unnamed narrator of this little tale tells the reader that he has always known about the man in the black cloak. No one likes him, but he doesn’t bother anyone. The little kids try to provoke him, but after he doesn’t get angry with their taunting, they ignore him. The only time anyone sees him is when he’s either coming home from or going to work. He avoids women to the point he appears to be frightened of them. He does his grocery shopping once a week at Antonio’s. He speaks to no one. Even at Antonio’s, he just points at what he wants. The narrator goes to college and gets a job assisting a museum curator. Mostly what he does there is pin insects, but he also learns how insects imitate to survive. Some species disguise themselves even amid the fierce army ants— This is a creepy little tale and is nicely told. However, one can see the end coming from a mile away. The writing is nice—almost nostalgic until end. The short story was the inspiration for a 1997 film by the same name directed by Guillermo del Toro. The text of the story is available at the link below. (may be a little hard to read) Title: “Mimic” Author: Donald A. Wollheim (1914-1990) First published: Astounding Stories Dec. 1942 Source: ISFDB
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@just4him (120064)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Feb 16
One thing I don't like about books is when you know the ending well ahead of time. There have been times I figured it out in the first three chapters and wasn't wrong.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
5 Feb 16
Yes. Agreed. But it can still be enjoyed for the writing and such.
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@just4him (120064)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Feb 16
@msiduri I guess it can be, if the writing is good. However, as a writer and an author, I don't find a lot of enjoyment in a book when I have it figured out.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
5 Feb 16
@just4him Agreed.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
3 Feb 16
Interesting tale.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
3 Feb 16
I thought so. Thanks for your note.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
4 Feb 16
@msiduri You are Welcome
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@JohnRoberts (59867)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Jun 16
I have seen Mimic. I guess the man in the black coat is a giant bug?
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
18 Jun 16
He's got stuff to do.
@freak369 (4950)
• United States
12 Feb 16
I had to look it up to be sure that the movie you were talking about was the same one that I was thinking of. When I first saw Mimic (1997 starring Mira Sorvino) I was totally creeped out by the bugs - that revoltation (not a real word) was replaced with true fear the first time I used the NYC subway system at night and saw insects / bugs that had to be on steroids.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
14 Feb 16
I can see that. I haven't see the movie. It looks like it has a nodding acquaintance with the short story, which, yes, creeped me out.