REVIEW: “Death’s Armchair By the Sea” by Mariah Montoya

Review of Mariah Montoya, “Death’s Armchair by the Sea”, Luna Station Quarterly 36 (2018): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

Whatever I might have expected of this story, given it’s title, I certainly didn’t get it, and got a lot of other things instead. A scabrous female death with fleshy hair. Myths about pigs. (Very strange myths about pigs.) Death’s runners, comma, instructions how to become one. Conferences of old ladies’ armchairs.

I also didn’t expect such a lovely, powerful story giving an entirely new mythos of death and rebirth. Deeply satisfying.